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Education and Skills Bodies - National  

Association of Colleges (AOC)    

Represents and promotes the interests of Colleges and provides members with professional support services.

Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)    

The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) is the leading trade association for vocational learning and employment providers in Britain. The majority of its 600+ members are independent private, not-for-profit and voluntary sector training and employment services organisations.

Education and Training Foundation    

The Education and Training Foundation has been set up to improve professionalism and standards in the further education and skills sectors.

Learning and Work Institute    

A new independent policy and research organisation dedicated to lifelong learning, full employment and inclusion. We bring together over 90 years of combined history and heritage from the ‘National Institute of Adult Continuing Education’ (NIACE) and the ‘Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion’.

Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (OFSTED)    

Regulates and inspects organisations involved in the care of children and young people, and in education and skills for learners of all ages.

Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual)    

Ofqual is the regulator of qualifications, examinations and assessments in England

Society for Education & Training    

The Society for Education and Training (SET) is the new professional membership organisation of the Education and Training Foundation for practitioners working in the post-16 education and training sector. Since the close of the Institute for Learning (IfL) in November 2014, SET has taken on its legacy and continues to support practitioners through their professional membership.

UK Commission for Learning and Skills (UKCES)    

Advises Government on the policies, strategies, and measures needed to attain World Class Skills.


Unionlearn is the learning and skills organisation of the TUC. Unionlearn works to assist unions in the delivery of learning opportunities for their members as well as managing the £15 million Union Learning Fund