Our Regional Offer

AoC East Midlands (emfec) ensures colleges are strategically engaged on the regional and national agenda, voicing current and future priorities such as: raising 16 to 19 participation and achievement, improving adult and workforce skills, and continuously raising the quality of provision.

We represent further education provision in the East Midlands, supporting over 270,000 students and engaging with 26,000 employers.

Groups and Networks

AoC Groups and Networks provide a platform for discussion on regional and national issues. All of our AoC East Midlands Networks are listed on our events page here.

Current AoC networks, which meet every academic term, include:

Our Work With MPs

Every year we provide Parliamentary Receptions for East Midlands’ colleges hosted by a local MP to discuss national issues affecting colleges and the wider FE sector. Local Enterprise Areas also host regular dinners to give an opportunity for colleges to address local issues with MPs, as relevant to their specific county.

We lobby MPs to raise issues of concern for colleges and the sector, such as the recent cuts to the Adult Skills Budget. We work extensively with the policy and communications team at the National AoC to prepare briefings for MPs, aligning regional concerns with issues nationally in order to provide effective influence on future policy direction for the sector.

Our Local Offer

AoC East Midlands showcases the strategic importance of local colleges, as well as identifying, supporting, and advocating for key organisational needs. We do this by:

  • Providing strategic advice, data analysis, and support services for our members’ work with Local Enterprise Partnerships
  • Contributing to the national and regional learning and skills agenda by representing colleges in high level policy discussions, organising meetings with ministers, and lobbying on three key regional member issues:
    • Preserving funding for adult skills, literacy and numeracy.
    • Ensuring all Local Enterprise Partnerships recognise colleges as strategic partners in delivering the skills agenda.
    • Encouraging local employers to recruit more apprentices and trainees.

“AoC East Midlands Regional Governors’ Network is a regular and vital forum where governors share ideas, support each other on issues and get updated on policy. Meetings are always interesting, and all governors – new and longer serving are made welcome.”

-Toni, Chair of Governors Network