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Love Our Colleges

Love Our Colleges is a chance to celebrate and shout about all the brilliant things that colleges do, day in and day out to build communities, boost businesses, and support individuals. It is also our opportunity to call on government for better investment in colleges, and fair pay for college staff.

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Let Them Learn: FE support for the unemployed

Further education colleges are well placed to support people into good jobs, no matter their starting point. In our new report we are calling on the government to scrap unhelpful universal credit claimant rules that have created an ‘education vs. work’ divide. Current rules prevent people from participating in many learning or training courses if they receive unemployment benefits. This hampers progress on the government's Plan for Jobs recovery strategy, putting investment in the Lifetime Skills Guarantee out of reach to too many people. More joining up of skills and employment programmes are vital to deliver plans to ‘build back better’.  

More information on our Let Them Learn report


The Green College Commitment

With the COP26 summit over and following the publication of the government’s Net Zero Strategy, AoC has published a new report, The Green College Commitment. It sets out the critical role of colleges in achieving net zero and biodiversity ambitions. Colleges in England will do everything possible on their own green journey. However, without more government support and investment, sustainability goals risk being missed.

New research in the report has found that less than 1% of students are currently on a course with broad coverage of climate education. The report warns that reaching net zero emissions by 2050 is likely to fail without making education on climate change and sustainability part of all study courses.

More Information on The Green College Commitment

The Green College Commitment