The Association of Colleges (AoC) is the national voice for colleges In England and exists to promote and support their interests. Everything AoC does is aimed at helping colleges deliver their purpose and to make an impact. AoC believes that every community should be supported by a strong and successful college, which develops students, delivers relevant skills, and supports stronger communities, social justice, employers and the economy. Colleges are at the heart of their communities offering world-class education and training which:
- Transforms lives and communities;
- Equips students of all ages and abilities with the knowledge and skills to succeed and achieve their ambitions;
- Provides employers with the highly-skilled and productive workforces they need;
- Sustains strong local economies and vibrant, tolerant communities.
Circa 200 colleges in England offer HVET – meeting the demands of local employers and an HE access service for students who are unable to travel to a large campus-based university. Higher and degree apprenticeships are an integral part of that offer.