AoC Annual
Conference & Exhibition

15 - 17 November 2016, The ICC Birmingham

Colleges are dedicated to succeeding and progressing in the future landscape. They will remain at the heart of the local community and the national economy – colleges mean business.

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The countdown to the AoC Annual Conference and Exhibition has begun. Bringing together the further education sector to learn, develop, influence, support and exchange information, it is the highlight of AoC’s events calendar.

The conference and exhibition combines keynote speakers, plenary and breakout sessions to inform, stimulate debate and provide the latest news from senior figures in government, education and wider business sectors.

You can also find the latest innovations to support colleges in our varied exhibition – a great way to find out how companies are able to help your college in the future.

“In my first year as Principal the conference gave me the opportunity to get a great insight into the wider issues facing the sector and to meet and network with a wider group of colleagues”

Matthew Grant, Principal, Priestley College

“As a new FE tutor, the conference has helped me feel part of something bigger and better”

Siân Child, English Tutor, Queen Alexandra College

“The AoC conference is even more necessary in very tough times; to bring us together to share ideas, find solutions and give mutual support. I went away inspired, refreshed, and more determined than ever for the big challenges ahead.”

Di Roberts CBE, Principal, Brockenhurst College

Why should you attend in 2016?

AoC’s Annual Conference and Exhibition is a valuable opportunity when senior leaders in further education can discover, learn, celebrate and shape the future together.

The conference is a place for professionals to experience and discover everything they need to grow their business – the ideas, the connections and the practical applications shaped from a programme designed to reflect the sector.

  • Learn

    Find out about the latest policy directly impacting FE from those responsible for making it. Hear from leading experts in education and business and learn from experiences inside education and further afield, both nationally and internationally, and from colleagues across the country.

  • Network

    Connect with your peers and find out how they tackle the issues facing colleges. Meet new sector leaders and catch up with friends and colleagues.

  • Innovate

    Visit the exhibition hall to uncover the latest innovations in FE. Find out about the new ways these businesses and organisations can support your college.

  • Question

    Have your voice heard by high level politicians and policymakers. The conference provides the platform and opportunity for you to question them directly.

  • Discover

    Whether this is your first or 20th Annual Conference, the changes we’re introducing this year will ensure you maximise your valuable time away from the college. From the hot topic discussions on Wednesday, the focussed Apprenticeship day on Thursday, celebrating the successes of our colleagues and students at our new awards ceremony on Tuesday to meeting friends new and old at our new informal Wednesday evening – we have taken on board your feedback to make sure you leave the conference feeling inspired to ensure your college is successful in the new skills and policy landscape.

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Sponsorship opportunities

Meet and present your products to 600+ senior college leaders at this annual flagship event! We offer a range of sponsorship and exhibition opportunities to help suppliers engage with the key decision makers of colleges. Creating a unique environment for 90+ suppliers to showcase their products, engage with delegates and generate new business leads. Don’t miss this unique annual event for the further education sector!

“The AoC Annual Conference is the place where decisions are made and new services and products are discovered. If you’re not here, you fall behind!”
Mark Trinick, Managing Director, VLE Support

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If you have any questions regarding this event, please call the conference helpline on 0207 034 9934 or email annualconference@aoc.co.uk