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.
Grants range from £200 through to £1,000 depending on the individuals circumstances. We also support grant applications that support group-related educational opportunities.
Start Your Grant Applications
To be considered for grant funding, learners will need to complete the Learner Grant Application Form and have a Grant Application Endorsement Form completed from a representative within the college.
Applications have now closed for the summer break and will reopen in September 2022.
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 email if their application has been successful. If more supporting information is required we will contact the learner directly 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 14 working days. We will keep applicants informed if there any delays.
How long is the grant application open for?
Applications for 2021/22 have now closed. They will reopen for the new academic year in September 2022.
Unfortunately, we have had to cancel this year’s awards ceremony due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on the sector.
We really appreciate all of you who took the time to submit nominations for the awards. Our team will be in touch to send a small consolation prize to the standout nominees.
We are currently exploring options for next year, and we will share those plans later this year. In the meantime, please accept our apologies for the cancellation.
100 Faces of Further Education
Further education plays a vital role in creating a more just and equal society. However, it cannot fix inequality alone.
With the COVID-19 pandemic likely to entrench inequality even further, there is a need to understand how we create a more equal society through further education and skills.
That’s why the Skills and Education Group is today launching the 100 Faces of Further Education. This project aims to provide insights into the barriers and successes of achieving social justice by telling the stories of students and staff from across our membership.
Do you have stories to share?
We want to identify stories from your organisation that fall into the following categories:
- A scheme that aims to deliver social justice through education for a particular group of students or the community
- Personal stories from students or staff that highlight negative experiences in further education and skills in relation to their circumstances and the impact of those experiences on their education or employment
- Personal stories from students, staff, employers or community members that highlight successful interventions within their further education experience.
Across the Group, there are factors that are specific to different providers, such as supporting students from rural locations or working with certain groups of adult learners. We are keen to capture the experiences that are unique to individuals at your organisation.
What will the stories be used for?
The collection of stories will be published in a report in early 2021. This report will make parliament, policy makers and the wider public aware of the impact of further education and skills on social justice.
We’re keen to hear from your learners!
We would like to hear from your learners. We want to understand their concerns regarding COVID-19 and their education. We encourage them to complete this short survey Their answers will help us to get a good idea of how learners are feeling about their education during these difficult times. As a thank you for their participation, they will be entered into a draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher that can be used to purchase resources to support their studies. The survey is open to non-members.
Work We Support
The Foundation is pleased to support several initiatives that champion the advancement of skills and education to improve the lives of individuals. To find out more about the initiatives we support visit their websites: