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The FE Youth Collective

Creating positive and enriching experiences for learners as they grow through further education is a priority. Recognising the changing world around us, and the importance young people place on differing elements of their lives is something we need to be considering when we create and develop any new programmes.

Quite simply, we should not be doing anything about them, without them.

We are working to build a space to share and listen to the lived experience of learners currently in colleges and further education enabling real and relevant discussions, and action.

This will culminate with the creation of a collective of 10-12 young people from within FE, from across the country who meet monthly through a mix of virtual and in person events to share journeys and reflections on the current experience of being a young person in the current climate.

This group will be a pilot for the first year, those involved will help us to define the core purpose and principles going forwards.

Our working values for The FE Youth Collective are:

  • Considerate: Of the lives of FE students and views of differing to our own.
  • Non-judgmental: Embracing the perspectives and ambitions of everyone as a person first.
  • Honesty: In how we show up, challenge others and the systems.
  • Fun: To find energy and life in all that we do.
  • Believe in Better: Quite simply, all our thoughts, words and actions are driven to ensure the student experience is the best it can be and continues to evolve.

Showing and living these values is enough and everything required to be the difference. It does not matter if those involved have any interest or role in sport or student enrichment, what is important is that they feel they can share their perspective!

We are asking for colleges to recommend learners to us to be a part of the collective. Students who would not usually put themselves forwards who could benefit additional support and training, as well as the opportunity to voice opinions and experiences influencing the work of AoC.

The window to recommend a learner is now open, with a closing date of September 26th 2022, please use this link:

For more information, please have a read of the information pack and watch the video below explaining the intended role of The FE Youth Collective.

If you want to find out more, or have any questions please contact Sarah Nickless.