Liverpool Community College, one of the largest further education colleges in England, has become a member of the 157 Group.
Lynne Sedgmore CBE, executive director of the 157 Group, said the link strengthens the group’s representation in Merseyside and the north-west.
She said: “Having established an excellent reputation for its strong community focus over the years, the college is working closely with employers to help students develop the skills that local businesses need, and increase the city’s prosperity.
“A college with so great a regional influence will surely make an important and valuable contribution to national policymaking, and we look forward to working with Elaine Bowker and her team.”
Elaine Bowker, principal at Liverpool Community College, said: “We look forward to being able to contribute to the 157 Group’s national voice on further education policy; its efforts to improve the reputation of further education colleges; and its work to raise awareness of the extensive choice of vocational, academic and degree-level qualifications offered.”