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

Grant Funding

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
• Childcare
• 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.

Representation

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:

Awards Categories 2020

  • Inspiring Learner of the Year

    This award will be given to a learner who has overcome challenging personal circumstances to make great educational achievements. We are looking for evidence that a learner has shown a clear passion for learning, determination to achieve in the face of adversity, and whose achievements have acted as an inspiration to others.

    Any learner from any Skills and Education Group member organisation can be nominated for this award. 

    Applications are now open.

    Submit your nomination here

    Nominations close on the 20 March 2020.

  • Outstanding Staff Member of the Year

    This award will be given to an inspirational staff member who has made a positive impact on other people’s lives through their role. This could be through teaching or assessment excellence, outstanding learner support or simply through helping others when they need it.

    This award is open to all staff from all of our member organisations, and individuals from any level of an organisation can be nominated.

    Applications are now open.

    Submit your nomination here

    Nominations close on the 20 March 2020.

  • Social Impact Award

    This award will be given to a member organisation that has made the greatest contribution to social mobility through their provision. In other words, we want to recognise an organisation that is going above and beyond in helping to transform individuals lives for the better. This could be through providing excellent work experience opportunities to help learners into careers, working with marginalised individuals, or through projects that benefit the wider community and much more.

    Any Skills and Education Group member organisation can be nominated for this award.

    Applications are now open.

    Submit your nomination here

    Nominations close on the 20 March 2020.

  • Skills and Education Group Awards Centre of the Year

    This award will be given to the Skills and Education Group Awards Centre that has stood out for its learning provision this year. We are looking for evidence of outstanding qualification delivery and assessment, excellent support for learners, and examples of how learners’ life chances have improved through education.

    Any Skills and Education Group Awards Centre can be nominated for this award. 

    Applications are now open.

    Submit your nomination here

    Nominations close on the 20 March 2020.

  • Certa Access Provider of the Year

    This award will be given to a Certa Access Provider that has transformed the lives of its learners by giving them a gateway into higher education. We are looking for evidence of high-quality teaching and assessment, effective support of learners from disadvantaged backgrounds, and successful progression of learners into higher education and beyond.

    Any Certa Access Provider can be nominated for this award.

    Applications are now open.

    Submit your nomination here

    Nominations close on the 20 March 2020.