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Our purpose

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Our core purpose is to promote and advance learning to help create a fairer society. 

This same goal has inspired our people for more than 170 years, and we’re now taking up this cause with fresh energy.   

We’re serious about changing education for the better, backed by a promise to support the delivery of the highest possible quality learning experiences for our learners – our ultimate beneficiaries.  

For colleagues at NCFE, our purpose is one of our greatest motivations. Employees not only make a positive social impact – influencing the lives of thousands of learners – their contributions affect what people learn, and the way that learning is developed and delivered. 

We believe that through shaping smarter learning, we can help to build a fairer society, create opportunities to progress, and ensure no learner is left behind, regardless of their status or background. This means helping more individuals to realise their true potential – in turn, establishing more sustainable communities. 

We’re proud to create communities that work together to build smarter learning solutions and deliver them – for the benefit of everyone in our society.

David Gallagher, NCFE Chief Executive

Being learner-focused

Every learning journey starts from a single point – an idea, a question, or a moment of need. Whatever their starting point, however ambitious or modest their goals, our purpose means we are committed to ensuring learners have the opportunity, means and motivation to fulfil their potential through the power of learning. 

Sharing a common goal

We believe that education should be the great leveller and we know that the FE colleges, training providers and schools we work with are just as committed to this mission. So we strive to provide all the qualifications, services, tools and resources that they need to support learner success. With this common goal, we can work closely together to make an impact on the lives and careers of learners. 


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Shaping real change through collaboration

We believe that movements need collaborators. As part of our purpose to promote and advance learning, we’re working with stakeholders, partners and government to galvanise the education sector around the greatest learning needs.  

We want to ensure that no learner is left behind in a vocational and technical education system that addresses skills gaps, meets employers’ needs and creates a more productive and inclusive society. By forging partnerships, sharing ideas and evidence, undertaking research and trialling new approaches, together we can help to drive change.  


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