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, enterprise and working with the unemployed. Since the release of the Richard Review in 2012, a significant amount of her time has been spent on influencing the development of policy relating to apprenticeships, traineeships and post 19 (including apprenticeship) funding.
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 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 BIS, NAS, SFA, DWP, AELP and the Federation for Industry Sector Skills and Standards to ensure colleges have influence over government policy. She also directly supports the AoC Regional Business Development Network and runs the AoC Skills and Enterprise National Portfolio Groups.