Adult Education Funding Devolution of the Adult Education Budget

From 2019/20 responsibility and control of the Adult Education Budget (AEB) will be devolved to seven authorities - six combined authorities and the Greater London Authority.The seven authorities are:

This could have a significant impact on colleges, providers and your AEB offer.

In these areas the combined authorities, and the Greater London Authority, will control the spending of the AEB and over time, funding will be targeted to better meet local needs and priorities. Authorities will deliver the legal entitlements but alongside this they will decide which learning programmes and which learners will be eligible for funding, the funding rates they will attract, and the funding and performance management rules.

A mixed system will be in place as AEB funding in the areas where the AEB is not devolved will continue to be organised by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

Devolution excludes the following budgets. Provision funded under these budgets will continue to be organised by DfE/ESFA nationally:

  • apprenticeships taken by adults and young people
  • offender learning
  • education and training for 16- to 18-year-olds
  • higher education
  • traineeships
  • several residential adult education colleges

Pearson can support the development of your AEB offer to meet your local skills needs and priorities. Our easy-to-use funding qualification search gives you instant access to our large portfolio of qualifications funded under the AEB, which support learner progression across a variety of sectors.

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