Today the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) updated us with progress on the devolution of adult education budget (AEB).
Seven areas will be devolved ready for the start of the next academic year, the ESFA confirmed. Six are mayoral combined authorities with the Mayor of London managing the Greater London Authority (GLA) AEB.
The seven areas that will be devolved for Adult Education Budget from 1st August 2019 are:
- Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
- Greater London Authority
- Greater Manchester
- Liverpool City Region
- Tees Valley
- West Midlands
- West of England
Two more areas are planned to be devolved the following year: Sheffield City and North of Tyne. This will be a year later than originally expected.
Learner residency is an important element of eligibility for funding and I still anticipate some issues particularly for learners that live outside but work in the devolved area. The low wage thresholds look set to be different in devolved areas from the national rates; again there will be some issues to resolve when supporting employees that cut across borders.
Calculating AEB provider allocations to non-devolved areas will be based on last year’s provider performance in those areas. If you are delivering to unemployed adults in a devolved area you may have to manage separate contracts for nationally funded programmes such as traineeships and devolved AEB.
If you’re considering applying for a GLA contract, be sure to take a look at our first look at the GLA contract documents.
If you are planning to respond to any of the adult devolved funding contracts, we have an extensive range of qualifications and units with a flexible approach to assessment to support adult learners. Our Business Development team would be happy to discuss plans and help you shape a programme that meets the needs of your learners and your funding contract.