What We Do
Our experience in further education and skills, and the stories of our member organisations, learners, teachers and support staff, has shown us the impact of further education on individuals, communities and organisations. We want to emphasise this impact and help it go further. As a result a fourth area of the Group was formed: our Foundation.
Launched in May 2019, the Foundation champions social mobility in the further education and skills sector, highlighting the role further education and skills providers play in transforming people’s lives.
The Foundation does this by:
Becoming a voice for and raising the profile of social mobility
Engaging in project-based activity and research
Providing grants to learners
Recognising organisations, staff and learners for their work in improving social mobility
The Foundation provides grant funding for our members, to be used to support their learners. Our grants are designed to help learners overcome social barriers and to enable them to advance their skills in education. We will support applications from individuals that demonstrate their commitment and willingness to achieve. The types of grants we will support include contributions to:
• Educational resources
• Transport costs
• Living costs
• Educational events such as; organised visits, seminars which support learning outcomes etc.
• Recreational activities such as; organising student union events, attending a sporting activity etc.
Each member organisation is able to apply for up to £1000 per academic year (1 September - 31 August). A minimum of two applications must be made during the year to access the funding i.e. the £1000 cannot be used to support just one learner.
Take a look at our FAQ section below.
Who is eligible for grant funding?
Any learner from a member organisation can apply for a grant.
How does a learner know if their grant application has been successful?
Learners will be informed by letter if their application has been successful. If more supporting information is required we will contact the learner direct or the member organisation via email.
How do you apply?
The learner will need to complete the Learner Grant Application Form and a representative from the organisation will need to complete a Grant Endorsement Form. Links to these applications can be found at the bottom of this section.
How long does it take to process applications?
We aim to process all applications within 21 working days. We will keep applicants informed if there any delays.
How long is the grant application open for?
The grant application is presently open-ended, but this can change at any time. Please keep an eye on our website.
As a national organisation, we are in a strong position to raise the profile of the positive impact of further education on social mobility. We ensure that the interests of the further education and skills sector are represented at key national forums and in Parliament, developing key relationships and ensuring in the continuation of research into social mobility. To support, this the Foundation will develop publications that highlight and celebrate the role of further education and skills providers in driving social mobility.
Awards Categories 2020
The work of further education organisations, staff and learners in improving social mobility deserves recognition. That’s why we hold an annual awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of our member organisations, Centres, Providers, their staff, and their learners.
We also support the following initiatives: