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What we do

At the heart of every community should be a thriving college, supporting students, delivering skills, transforming communities, promoting social justice, working with employers, and growing the economy.

Association of Colleges is the national voice for further education, sixth form, tertiary and specialist colleges in England. We are a not-for-profit membership organisation established in 1996 by colleges, for colleges. Our members make up almost 95% of the sector - transforming 2.2 million lives each year.

Acting as the collective voice, we represent and promote the interests of colleges, and provide our members with high-quality professional support services, including training, events, and recruitment.

Our vision
Great colleges transforming lives and communities and meeting employer needs through teaching and learning for student success.

Our mission
Champion and support the sector by enhancing colleges’ reputation, leading policy thinking, influencing decision-makers and advising colleges.

What we do
We also provide members with professional support services, including expert advice lines for:

  • employment
  • communications
  • governance 
  • teaching and learning

We also represent colleges nationally and influence Government and its agencies on policies affecting the sector and their students and staff at national and regional levels.

Our work
We have set four clear strategic aims which will be the focus of our work for colleges across England:

  • Set the agenda for positive policy changes.
  • Develop a high profile and strong reputation for colleges.
  • Deliver expert support, advice and intelligence for members.
  • Develop a strong, sustainable, ambitious and transparent representative body for members.

We will achieve this by:

  • Working with members in developing policy and enhancing the profile and reputation of colleges.
  • Setting clear long-term priorities for our work with robust measures and accountability processes through our governance structure.
  • Working in partnership with a range of other organisations that can support and add value to our work.
  • Maintaining a team of professional and skilled people across the country to provide you with the services and support you need.
  • Communicating openly and transparently in our work, making sure you are kept up to date with expert, timely and relevant information.

The Association of Colleges (AoC) is a not-for-profit membership organisation set up in 1996 by colleges to act as their collective voice.

What you'll get

  • Financial LPFA Pension Scheme, part of the Local Government Pension Schemes
  • FinancialOr 8% employer contribution to the Pensions Trust Scheme
  • Holiday & travel30 days paid annual leave plus public holidays (pro rata if part time)
  • Flexible workingSupport when you need flexibility for life events
  • Flexible workingHybrid and flexible working arrangements
  • Health & well-beingPrivate healthcare
  • Health & well-beingEmployee Assistance Programme (EAP) advice & practical tools
  • Health & well-beingEye Care Scheme - free eye tests and glasses contribution
  • Health & well-beingMental Health First Aiders
  • Learning & developmentSponsorship of professional memberships & qualifications

Who you'll work with

Association of Colleges (AoC) is a not-for-profit organisation, first established in 1996.

AoC is the national voice for colleges and exists to promote and support their interests.

As such, we aim to be the authoritative voice of colleges – based on credible analysis, research, advocacy and consultation with colleges – and the first choice destination for guidance, advice and services for members.

Our national office is in central London WC1 and we have smaller regional offices in Chorley, Stoke Sub Hamdon and Wolverhampton. We operate a hybrid work approach and many job roles are mobile enabling travel to visit our members throughout England, as needed.

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