We are a collaborative organisation and have developed partnerships with many external organisations. Our partners are hugely important to us, and we leverage these relationships to collaborate on various activities.

Our partners provide us with access to new ideas and capabilities that help us achieve our collective ambitions. We work with our partners across all of our strategic themes.


About Our Partners

We work with partners to achieve our strategic ambitions to transform the technical education system.

Our philosophy is one of systems leadership working with others when faced with large, complex, difficult and seemingly intractable problems with multiple uncertainties and where no one person or organisation can find or organise the solution on their own.

Within the FE sector we are driving this systems leadership around agendas including Levelling Up, the proposed Government reforms of the FE Sector, equality and diversity, along with the challenges of developing talent to run large college groups where we need to become smarter at working together to find solutions rather than wait for government to decide those solutions for us.

Through our sector, strategic and supply chain partners, we collaborate with organisations in the college sector, legal sector, labour market analysts, awarding organisations and more. By leveraging their collective insights and capabilities, we can add value to our clients and draw upon a deeper pool of expertise.

Our supply chain partners are organisations we have partnered with to add value to our clients. These partners work to enhance the teaching and learning experience across colleges nationwide and include respected organisations in the fields of recruitment, education technology, assessment, awarding and more. Collab Group, as a trusted supplier, has endorsed each partner, so be sure to check out their websites for a full overview of the products and services that they offer.

Sector Partners


NCFE is a not-for-profit organisation and a leading provider of educational services.

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Independent charity part of a global movement to raise standards in technical education and apprenticeships.

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The Lifelong Education Commission seeks to reform the post-18 education and skills system.

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CIFE is a FE representative body that recognises excellence in provision, with royal assent to award Chartered Status to FE providers.

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Association of CEOs of large community and technical colleges in the USA, Canada and UK.

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Skills Network

The Skills Network is one of the most successful providers of online learning in the UK and has grown into the UK’s largest provider of technology-based learning solutions.

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Strategic Partners


Lightcast is Collab Group's official partner for labour market information and analysis.

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Eversheds and Collab group work together on legal issues impacting further education.

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This is LDA are a Strategy, Content, Creative and Tech agency based in the heart of MediaCity. Their aim; to Disrupt Thinking and Create Change

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UNIT-e is the Collab Group's official partner for Management Information

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Supply Chain Partners


Dovetail and Slate are an education specialist recruitment company operating nationwide.

School hire

SchoolHire is the market-leading school and college lettings platform.

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My Benchmark is an online application developed specifically for FE providers to compare performance against peers.


The HOW2 web app is an innovative, personalised and collaborative platform that provides high-quality pedagogical support for unlimited numbers of teachers on a 24/7 basis.


Specialising in Education and Construction recruitment, TR2 is founded on over 40 years’ experience working across different industry sectors.

Morgan Hunt

Morgan Hunt is a specialist public sector recruitment company, with Further Education being our largest Division and offering.


Clarion is the UK’s premier independent provider of voice, data & managed IT services


Carthy Communications Ltd is a specialist education marketing consultancy working with further education colleges, sixth forms, college groups, training provides as well as schools and universities.

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Here are some testimonials from our most trusted clients.


Empowering the next generation with the vital skills they need to help them into work is key to both their and business success, so I am thrilled Sodexo is enabling this through our new partnership with Collab Group.

Sue Davison
Head of Apprenticeships

We are excited to partner with Collab to deliver our Technical apprenticeships. The partnership will help us to be able to provide more apprenticeship programmes nationwide including remote areas of the UK. Having all our Technical programmes under Collab’s colleges will allow us to be closer to our learners by streamlining our reporting into one system. We will know exactly where everyone is on programme and be able to provide additional support as and when they need it.