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Around this time of year we often have conversations with Centres who are struggling to utilise their full Adult Education Budget (AEB). We are strongly committed to the value of adult education and want to help Centres ensure that they are making the most of their allocations to benefit their adult learners.

“The AEB aims to engage adults and provide the skills and learning they need to equip them for work, an apprenticeship or other learning. It enables more flexible tailored programmes of learning to be made available, which may or may not require a qualification, to help eligible learners engage in learning, build confidence, and/or enhance their wellbeing.”

ESFA Funded AEB: Funding and performance management rules 2019 to 2020

ESFA Funded Adult Education Budget Funding Rates and Formula 2019 to 2020

Note: If you are a centre with an AEB funding allocation to support adult residents in a devolved or delegated area (known as devolved authorities) you must refer to the devolved authorities published funding rules.

Here are the links to each devolved authorities funding publication:

Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
West of England Combined Authority
West of England Combined Authority – Funding rates and formulas
West Midlands Combined Authority
The Tees Valley Combined Authority
The Tees Valley Combined Authority – Funding rates and formulas
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Combined Authority
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority – Funding rates, formulas and payment rates
The Greater London Authority – Funding rates for all providers
The Greater London Authority – Funding rules for contracted providers
The Greater London Authority – Funding rules for grant-funded providers

In this piece, we have gathered together in one handy list the short qualifications that Centres find particularly provide added value for their adult learners. We hope you find this list helpful and if you have any suggestions to add please let us know! And as always, if you want to have a chat please give us a call on 01206 911 211 or send us an enquiry online.

  1. Digital Skills for Work and Digital Skills for Life

A brand-new suite of qualifications to help tackle the lack of digital skills faced by over 11 million adults in the UK. They support learners in developing digital skills within a work-related context. The small, single unit qualifications are designed to provide the digital skills that adults need to work and are available from Entry 3 to Level 2.

Digital Skills for Life and Work Qualifications

  1. Social Media for Job Prospecting

Following on in the theme of supporting adults with the skills that they need to work, the Level 1 Award in Social Media for Job Prospecting qualification is intended to provide learners with an understanding of how social media can be used when searching for a job and the risks involved in using social media. They will develop the skills to use different social media platforms to support applications for jobs.

Gateway Qualifications Level 1 Award in Social Media for Job Prospecting

  1. Exploring Enterprise

Support learners to develop the kinds of entrepreneurial skills that will be useful if they set up and run their own businesses but will also be useful to them in any work environment. This could provide an alternative route into employment for unemployed adults who may be considering self-employment or setting up their own business. The qualifications can also be used to accredit the learning that results from enrichment activity, such as enterprise week or ‘Dragon’s Den’ events.

Gateway Qualifications Level 1 Award In Exploring Enterprise

  1. British Values

A creative way to include safeguarding in your curriculum, our short qualification with external online assessment allows you to demonstrate to Ofsted that all your learners have a good understanding in British Values. This qualification breaks down complex concepts using straightforward language and accessible, often scenario-based, questions to assess learners’ understanding.

Entry Level Award in British Values (Entry 3) – Qualification Specification

Entry Level Award in British Values (Entry Level 3) – Sample Assessment

Level 1 Award in British Values – Qualification Specification

Level 1 Award in British Values – Sample Assessment

  1. E-Safety

Using the internet is now an irreplaceable resource in the lives of people of all ages, whether this be for work, education or fun. With advances in technology now allowing access to the internet on many different devices in almost any location, this brings with it an increase in risk of cyber-crime and cyber-bullying.

Available at a range of levels, our E-Safety qualifications have been developed to ensure learners make safe and responsible decisions online. The objective of this qualification is to teach safe online behaviour when using a variety of different technologies.

Entry and Level 1, 2, 3 Award in E-Safety – Qualification Specification

E-Safety – Case Study

  1. Mental Wellbeing

Mental health is a hot topic for schools, colleges and other learning providers, with many colleges reporting escalating numbers of students with mental health difficulties.

These qualifications with online assessment will help teachers tackle some key myths about mental health such as ‘if you have a mental illness, you can’t work’ or ‘people with mental illness are often violent’. They will also help students understand the difference between normal emotional states such as sadness or worry, and mental illness such as depression or anxiety disorder. Students will be introduced to techniques and strategies for keeping mentally healthy and to ways in which they can support their friends and family to do the same. They will also learn about the types of support available for mental health difficulties and how to access them.

Gateway Qualifications Level 1 Award in Mental Wellbeing

Gateway Qualifications Level 1 Award in Keeping Safe and Healthy

  1. Supporting SEND

We have a popular range of qualifications designed to support those working with learners with additional needs. The awareness qualifications within our supporting SEND suite are ideal small CPD qualifications for staff, parents and carers.

Supporting SEND

Next steps

If you are interested in delivering any of the above qualifications, please give us a call on 01206 911 211 or complete our enquiry form and a member of our Business Development team will be in touch to discuss your requirements.

*Originally published April 2019, updated March 2020

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