The Federation exists to raise the profile of further education in the county. Together the colleges provide the county's largest sixth form, and provide learning and training opportunities for many thousands of adults each year. The Federation is committed to raising common standards for learners, widening access and participation in training and education and increasing the employability skills to support a prosperous county ecomony. The Federation suppport the Skills Funding Agency agenda for post-16 training and education.
The Federation partners are:
- The National Star College
- Cirencester College
- Gloucestershire College
- Hartpury College
- Ruskin Mill College
- South Gloucestershire and Stroud College
Learners using FE Providers in Gloucestershire have access to staff with a vast range of experise along with high-level technical equipment and resources. The colleges also work closely with a range of strategic partners including many potential employers. This ensures that existing and potential users of FE are able to access a wide range of opportunities to meet their individual needs.
The colleges are working together for the benefit of learners, employers and communities in the county. They are bidding for funding to support training and education opportunities, reducing the risk of wasteful duplication. The colleges are using their alliance to enhance their purchasing abilities, develop social inclusion, undertake staff development, develop Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and support business development.