About Us

Established in November 2007 and funded by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), and supported by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS), FE member bodies and individual providers, FERSG is made up of leaders from across the sector and is chaired by Dr Alison Birkinshaw, Principal of York College.  

Membership is made up of representatives from the following organisations:

  • The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)
  • The Department for Education (DfE)
  • 157 Group
  • AMIE (Association of Managers in Education)
  • AN Communications
  • Association of Colleges (AoC)
  • Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)
  • Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL)
  • Colleges Marketing Network
  • Edge
  • The Institute for Learning (IfL)
  • Hook Communications
  • National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE)
  • The National Union of Students (NUS)
  • The Skills Funding Agency (SFA)
  • The Learning and Skills Improvement Service  (LSIS)
  • The Sixth Form Colleges Forum  (SFCF)
  • YMCA Training
  • UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES)
  • Unison
  • Universities and Colleges Union (UCU)
  • Colleges: York College, Warwickshire College, Preston College, Wirral Metropolitan College. Wigan and Leigh College


    Our Vision

    The Further Education Reputation Strategy Group (FERSG) has been established as a sector-led group, to enhance the national reputation of further education (FE). Our vision is for the FE sector to be recognised nationally, regionally and locally as a confident and high performing sector and as the powerhouse for delivering the skills that are needed to sustain an advanced and competitive economy. 

    To achieve this, we have developed a programme of activity which involves raising issues affecting the sector's reputation with the government, cross-sector meetings, research projects and providing credible advocates to act as 'champions' for the FE sector.