10 years after our founding, our colleges are leading the way to a better, more productive tomorrow.
Take a look below and read about our membership of forward thinking colleges and college groups across the UK.
Collab Group colleges have a variety of attributes; they are large and diverse, technically and professionally focused, and they have ambitious apprenticeship schemes. They are entrepreneurial and employer facing with great engagement with local businesses. Crucially, they prepare their students for successful careers and help get them into work. Our members are forward thinking beacons of their communities, making a positive impact in their regions and in the lives of their students.
Based in Oxford and Berkshire, Activate Learning is an organisation that delivers education and training across a number of secondary, further, higher and international institutions, alongside apprenticeships, workforce training and management consultancy.
Barnet Southgate is one of the largest colleges in the Greater London region, covering North London and Hertfordshire, with over 14,000 learners, 1,500 courses and hundreds of apprenticeships on four campuses and three specialist training centres.
The Bedford College Group is the largest college in the South East Midlands, with over 18,000 students studying across two general FE colleges, a sixth form centre, and 2 specialist colleges for land-based subjects and motorsport.
As the largest further and higher education college in Northern Ireland, Belfast Met has enrolments of over 37,000 across four campuses, and regularly works with numerous local, national and international business support agencies.
Blackpool and the Fylde College in North West England is the third largest college provider of higher education and the highest performing large college out of all general further education colleges in the UK. It enrols over 18,000 students across four campuses.
As a leading provider of further and higher education in the Midlands, Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMet) has links with over 800 employers, including numerous large global companies, and partnerships with leading universities.
Bridgewater and Taunton College is located in Somerset in the South West of England and has over 15,000 full and part-time students. It’s been designated Outstanding by Ofsted and caters for all levels of study, apprenticeships and training programmes.
Working in partnership with its founding colleges – Westminster Kingsway College and City and Islington College – Capital City College Group is one of the largest further education organisations in London, with over 27,000 students and excellent success rates.
Situated in the Welsh Capital and the Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff and Vale College enrols over 20,000 students each year and works closely with 326 different employers in the South Wales region to offer a wide variety of apprenticeships.
Chichester College is a leading further and higher education institution in the South of England, with two campuses in West Sussex at Chichester and Brinsbury. Enrolling over 15,000 students each year, it has been designated as Outstanding in all four areas by Ofsted.
With almost 13,000 students from a diverse range of background and nearly 1,500 apprentices, City College Plymouth is one of the leading providers of education and training in the South West of England, working in close partnership with local employers.
Coleg Cambria in North East Wales has around 7,000 full time students, and 20,000 part-time learners, across six different campuses. It is internationally recognised for its excellence, and has partnerships with over 1000 employers.
With a central position in England, Derby Country welcomes over 25,000 learners to its four different campuses on study programmes at all levels, including higher education and apprenticeships. It currently has partnerships with over 2,700 employers in the region.
As one of Scotland’s largest colleges, Edinburgh College provides an extensive range of over 900 vocational and academic courses to around 19,000 students. It has four campuses in Edinburgh and the Lothians, and works with over 1000 industry partners.
Highbury College is in the city of Portsmouth in South England, with almost 10,000 students and an Outstanding rating from Ofsted. It has over 800 learners in apprenticeships in more than 50 different areas and maintains strong global employer partnerships.
Hull College Group is one of the largest further and higher education colleges in the country, offering over 1000 courses and over 1200 employer connections to over 26,000 students every year across the city of Hull and throughout East Yorkshire.
More than 22,000 learners study with Leicester College, located close to the city centre in the county of Leicestershire. They have around 1,600 apprentices and offer training to thousands of local and national companies.
LCG has three local college campuses in Lincoln, Gainsborough and Newark serving close to 6000 full and part-time students. The college boasts relationships with around 1200 businesses and national organisations delivering 1,800 apprenticeships annually. LCG is known for its defence provisions.
London South East Colleges is the leading college in the South East London area, comprising 3 distinct colleges spread across campuses in Bexley, Greenwich and Bromley. The group provides vocational programmes and apprenticeship training to over 25,000 students.
LTE group, based in North West England is an integrated education and skills group, providing apprenticeships, professional qualifications, offender learning, further and higher education. The Manchester College, part of LTE group, is the largest provider of further education in the UK with over 22,000 students.
Based in Middlehaven, Middlesbrough College is the largest college in the North Yorkshire and Teesside area, delivering courses in every occupational sector and at every level. It has over 15,000 students learning each year, and connections with over 1000 employers.
Milton Keynes College is spread across three campuses in Milton Keynes and Bletchley. In addition to being a major OLASS provider, the college boasts specialisms in manufacturing, digital and tech, engineering and professional services. There are 250 employer relationships and the college has enrolled 36,000 students in the last three years.
NCG is one of the largest training providers in the UK. Its nationwide portfolio of businesses includes four colleges and two training providers. They work with over 133,000 learners every year, including more than 23,000 apprentices and operate in 61 locations across the UK and work with 20,000 external businesses.
Newham College is based across two key sites in East London, East Ham and Stratford, providing training and education for over 13,000 students. As a Training Quality Standard Award Winner, Newham College have been recognised for their expert teaching skills and employer connections.
With over 20,000 students and campuses spread throughout Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire, North East Scotland College is one of Scotland’s largest full and part-time educational colleges, and the single largest provider of vocational education and training in the region.
Delivering further and higher education to over 11,000 students through three campuses in Basildon, Southend and Thurrock, South Essex College provides a range of superb learning and training opportunities, including the provision of apprenticeships in over 40 sectors.
Over 4000 students choose South Staffordshire College each year, located in the centre of England, to study across four main campuses. Apprentices are recruited all year round, with opportunities to study on three different levels and connect with over 500 employers.
South Thames College Group includes Carshalton College, Kingston College and South Thames College with a geographical spread across Southwestern portions of the capital. With a wide range of course provisions, the group has over 17,000 students.
As one of the largest further and higher education providers in the North West, St Helens College delivers courses and training to over 8,000 students each year across two main sites and works closely with employers from around the Liverpool City Region.
With 15,000 students enrolled each year on full and part-time study programmes, apprenticeships and university-level courses, Stoke on Trent College is the largest provider of further education in Stoke and North Staffordshire and a proud partner of regional business communities.
Located in East Sussex, with campuses at Lewes, Eastbourne and Newhaven, Sussex Downs College provides high quality education and training for almost half of the county’s young people, with around 15,000 students enrolled and strong relations with over 1000 local employers and partners.
The Sheffield College is a leading further educational institution in South Yorkshire, England, with over 20,000 students enrolled on a full and part-time basis. It’s the largest provider of work-based courses in Sheffield, and offers a range of apprenticeships across over 30 subject areas.
Trafford College is based in Greater Manchester, North West England, with over 11,000 students – both adults and young people. Apprenticeships and training programmes are available in a wide range of sectors, with strong regional business connections.
Walsall College is situated in the West Midlands and is the only college in the Black Country to be rated Outstanding by Ofsted. Over 7,500 students enjoy a diverse range of academic, vocational and apprenticeship opportunities, including strong partnerships with a range of market-leading organisations.
West College Scotland has campuses in Clydebank, Greenock and Paisley to serve the entire west of the country, and with over 30,000 students and 1,200 staff it is one of the largest further educational institutions too. Partnerships range from local businesses to international corporations.
The accumulated impact of former Collab Group learners who are currently employed in the UK's workforce amounts to £31.6 billion in added income to the UK's economy each year and altogether, the economic impact of Collab Group to the business community in the UK is £33.2 billion each year. Collab Group colleges make a significant, positive contribution to this country. Together they represent a combined annual turnover of around £1.2 billion, spread nationwide around the country.
As an organisation, we have a combined total of over 800,000 learners and over 30,000 employees, supporting over 50,000 apprentices each year. All of our colleges and college groups have incredible partnerships with employers, co-creating and delivering high quality, professional skills. They each offer transformative leadership in the education sector, providing learning environments which support enhances technical, professional and other skills, enabling learners to be ready for work.
Working together, we will achieve real change to impact the lives of learners and to strengthen the economy.