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Pre-election discussion series

The Association of Colleges pre-election discussion series is a programme of webinars for senior college leaders to participate in during the election campaign period with the aim of prioritising influence and focus post-election in areas pertinent to the FE sector. Discussions will be prompted by the 100% Opportunity and Opportunity England policy papers, as well as relevant policy and research papers and will feed into a list of key asks to use in the post-election period and beyond.

The key areas of focus for the webinars are:

  1. Qualification reform
  2. Lifelong learning, Higher Technical Qualifications and Technical Excellence colleges
  3. The apprenticeship levy
  4. Social partnerships as local skills improvement plans
  5. Adult education and devolution

AoC has been having discussions with the different political parties over recent months on each of these topics and there are decisions which will need to be taken by the next government in these areas. Therefore, there is opportunity to influence what happens next.

Each 75-minute session is standalone, and members can come to as many as they want. Each will start with a short presentation on the theme subject to set out some of the evidence, ideas and key policy questions which we want to gather more views on.

There will be a final summative session on Thursday 4 July to finalise AoC recommendations for the sector as a whole to ensure that we can brief and influence governmental thinking at pace, with a clear set of priorities.

The summative session will also feed into the 2030 meeting which meets shortly after the election. Depending on the result of the election and the early signs from new ministers, that group will work with the strategy groups to prioritise further work, through task and finish groups, which we will endeavour to feed into new ministers, advisers and officials.

Qualification reform discussion

5 June 2024

Passed

Lifelong Learning Entitlement, HTQs discussion

12 June 2024

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The apprenticeship levy discussion

19 June 2024

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Social Partnerships and LSIPs discussion

24 June 2024

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Adult education and devolution discussion

1 July 2024

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Summative session

4 July 2024

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