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Colleges provide adults with excellent professional and technical education and training as well as skills for life. We represent our members by working with policymakers and other stakeholders with an interest in adult education.

To ensure strong college involvement in the development of skills, AoC:

  • meets on a one-to-one basis with key officials at a range of levels
  • attends Government forums
  • arranges for officials to attend member meetings, AoC workshops and conferences
  • nominates college representatives for a number of standing bodies

In the area of skills, AoC works with the following key stakeholders:

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) officials, which deals with apprenticeships (including trailblazer work – leading employers picked to create sector-specific apprenticeships), traineeships, programmes for the unemployed and enterprise
  • Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) officials who work on Universal Credit, Job Centre Plus (JCP) and Work Programme activity
  • Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) at national and regional level
  • Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) officials across the full range of funded provision and attendance at the following groups:
    • Further Education Technical Advisory Group for funding (FETAG)
    • Qualifications Advisory Group (QAG)
    • A range of task and finish sub-groups that deal with specific issues raised by these groups

AoC also works with other representative bodies to ensure a strong voice for skills providers. We work most often with the Association of Employment and Learning providers (AELP). We have partnered with AELP on a number of occasions to bid for funds to support development activity amongst providers.