Association of Colleges
The Association of Colleges (AoC) is an organisation representing further education colleges in the UK, with an associated registered charitable trust and a commercial arm, AoC Create. The Association was created in 1996 and provides a broad range of services to its member FE colleges.
Today, AoC represents and promotes the interests of more than 320 further education, sixth form, tertiary and specialist colleges across the UK – over 95% of the sector. It influences Government and its agencies on policies affecting colleges and their students and staff at national and regional levels. They also provide members with professional support services, which include expert advice lines for employment, communications, health and safety, governance and teaching and learning.
AoC Create provide additional support to colleges in areas which may not be covered in AoC's member services. These range from recruitment of permanent and interim staff, training, conferences and events, sponsorship and consultancy. All profits that AoC Create makes are reinvested into the FE sector through the AoC.
AoC Jobs is their specialist job board for further education, promoting jobs available in colleges. These range from teaching, lecturing and tutoring jobs to more general business support roles and senior management positions.
The charitable trust is also the main supporting body of the Beacon Awards.