Senior Skills Policy Manager, Association of Colleges
Teresa Frith has been with AoC since December 2008, taking up the newly created post of Senior Skills Policy Manager. The new role marked the AoC’s recognition of the importance of employer focussed activity to Colleges and the wider community. The role encompasses all aspects of employer related provision, particularly post 19, apprenticeships, commercial activity and working with the unemployed. Teresa had an active role in influencing the development of policy relating to apprenticeships, traineeships and post 19 (including apprenticeship) funding. She has been involved in the development and writing of numerous support guides and projects within these areas including the ETF funded ‘Future Apprenticeships’ project.
Prior to taking up this post, she spent nearly 20 years working in FE as a Lecturer, Head of Department, Director and SMT member. The vast majority of this time was spent in employer related activity at local and regional levels, particularly around Apprenticeships, Train to Gain, ESF projects, full cost recovery work and commercial bidding both in partnership and alone.
Teresa sits on a number of key, national groups where she represents the views of colleges to Government and engages regularly with key stakeholders such as DfE, BEIS, ESFA, IfATE, DWP, AELP and UVAC. She has recently taken up a co-convening role for the Construction Leadership Council managing the Transition to Work from FE Strand of their Development Plan and is working closely with the Clean Heat and Energy Directorates of BEIS in projects to bring industry and FE into closer alignment to meet the skills needs that accompany the shift to Zero Carbon by 2050. She also directly supports a number of membership groups internal to AoC that support this work, including the AoC Apprenticeships Policy Group.