AoC is committed to providing equal opportunities and embracing diversity not only in its employment policies but in the execution of all its functions and services and to the development of equality and diversity within the FE sector.
As a membership organisation, AoC ensures that everything we do is in the best interests of our member colleges and their students. People at every level across the AoC group are critical to our success. We are committed to investing in our people to enable and support them to achieve their potential and contribute to our goals and objectives. Our people are empowered through a performance and development review (PDR) framework designed to build our capability to continuously improve individual, team and organisational performance.
At the Association of Colleges we take equality, diversity and inclusion seriously. We are acutely aware of the inequalities within the FE sector, and the need for more urgent, concerted work to ensure an inclusive enviroment, better diversity and equality of opportunity is embedded throughout all we do. Our ambition for a fairer society in line with our values in which everyone can succeed will only be achieved with a continued effort towards increasing the diversity of leadership and governance, creating an inclusive, open and diverse culture which supports students and staff and actively promoting faireness and respect across the sector.
We know that to best support students now and in the future, we need to reflect the communities we serve. While work has been undertaken in the past to address the underrepresentation of protected characteristic groups, there is a need for more urgent, concerted work to support and increase diverse leadership. This year we have committed to work on policies and practices that have a positive impact on all protected characteristics.