ToT Workshop -- An overview of the UK college sector Ms Lesley Davis


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A presentation by Ms Lesley Davis, Deputy Chief Executive, Association of Colleges (AoC) on an overview of the UK College sector presented in a special workshop on ‘Training of Trainers: Models & Case Studies from UK’ on the occasion of the
4th FICCI Global Skills Summit 2011on 14th September, 2011.

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ToT Workshop -- An overview of the UK college sector Ms Lesley Davis

  1. 1. The Association of Colleges Working with UK Colleges
  2. 2. The Association of Colleges Lesley Davies Deputy Chief Executive Officer [email_address] John Mountford International Director [email_address]
  3. 3. The Association of Colleges <ul><li>National representational body for Further Education Colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Established in 1996 by Colleges - 98% of 363 Colleges in England are members </li></ul><ul><li>Work closely with Welsh Colleges in Wales and Colleges Northern Ireland and with Scotland’s Colleges through the UK College Council </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Association of Colleges What we do: <ul><li>Work for and behalf of FE Colleges </li></ul><ul><li>representation and lobbying role to Government </li></ul><ul><li>Serves as a channel for communication, dissemination of information and consultation with the FE sector </li></ul><ul><li>Provides professional support and services to colleges: Curriculum and Quality, International activity, Funding, Governance, Public Relations, Employment; Estates </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrates Excellence in Teaching and Learning ‘Beacon’ Award Scheme </li></ul><ul><li>Quality Mark for International work – the AoC’s International Charter </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a consultancy, events and conference service for members </li></ul>
  5. 5. Our Colleges <ul><li>General Further Education Colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Sixth Form Colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Specialist Colleges – Art & Design, Agricultural Colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Work in partnership with: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Universities and Higher Education Institutes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work-based learning providers </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. The Engine Room for Economic Recovery <ul><li>The Mission for Colleges include: </li></ul><ul><li>Driving economic recovery by equipping young people and adults with the skills, competences and qualifications that employers want </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare young people and adults for productive, rewarding, high-value employment in a modern economy </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting the needs of employers and the communities they serve </li></ul><ul><li>Develop the skills and attributes for enterprise and self-employment </li></ul><ul><li>Colleges are supported by a skilled, talented and world class workforce </li></ul>‘
  7. 7. What we offer: <ul><li>High Quality academic and vocational education and Training </li></ul><ul><li>Serve our communities: meeting the needs of young people, adults and deliver community projects </li></ul><ul><li>Offer qualifications at all levels fully accredited by external awarding bodies </li></ul>
  8. 8. Our Colleges provide: <ul><ul><li>Educate and train over 3.3 million people per annum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Train over 2.4 million adults </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work with employers to deliver bespoke skills training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide 80% of adult ‘Skills for Life’- literacy, numeracy, language and employability training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>35% of entrants to university </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>81% of Higher National certificates (HNC ) and 59% of Higher National Diplomas (HND) delivered by Colleges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>67% of Colleges delivery Higher Education and Foundation Degrees </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. What is special about UK FE colleges? <ul><li>Colleges: </li></ul><ul><li>Our success rates: </li></ul><ul><li>81% overall </li></ul><ul><li>73% Apprenticeship </li></ul><ul><li>Are responsive to the needs of employers/industry sectors and local communities; ‘demand led’ </li></ul><ul><li>Are major players in local economies and skills/regeneration agendas </li></ul><ul><li>Excel at teaching and learning – 96% of Colleges pass external inspection </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership working a key factor to our success </li></ul>‘
  10. 10. Qualifications Framework LEVEL QUALIFICATION MOSTLY OFFERED BY Entry Entry level certificates e.g. basic skills Colleges 1 National Vocational Qualifications Colleges & Schools 2 NVQ 2, GCSEs (A to C) Colleges & Schools 3 NVQ 3, A levels, BTEC National Diplomas Colleges & Schools 4 Higher National Certificates Colleges & Universities 5 Higher National Diplomas Colleges & Universities 6 Batchelor Degrees Universities & Colleges 7 Masters Degrees, Post-Gradate Certificates Universities 8 Doctorates Universities
  11. 11. Colleges’ international work: Well established and experienced <ul><li>Recruitment of international students to the UK </li></ul><ul><li>Working with international companies and industry in the delivery of training programmes – including distance / e learning / blended solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional twinning and international partnerships including student exchanges and joint educational programmes </li></ul><ul><li>Consultancy and advisory services to assist with VET programmes </li></ul><ul><li>on a national, regional and institutional level </li></ul><ul><li>Involvement in aid programmes/capacity-building for institutions </li></ul><ul><li>in developing countries </li></ul>
  12. 12. Quality Assurance AoC Charter for Excellence in International Education and Training <ul><li>Establishment of a formal ‘International Strategy’ with ownership at all levels of the institution </li></ul><ul><li>A supporting infrastructure and adequate resourcing </li></ul><ul><li>Related staff development </li></ul><ul><li>Quality assurance of all services delivered in the UK and abroad </li></ul><ul><li>Celebration of cultural diversity and cultural exchange </li></ul><ul><li>An ethical approach to all areas of activity. </li></ul><ul><li>Quality Mark </li></ul>
  13. 13. Our approach: Working together to find solutions <ul><ul><li>Every Country is different </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Every School and College is different </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Every student is different </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Every partnership is unique </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thank you </li></ul></ul>