Free Webinar: Funding and Policy Update by C&G
November 10, 2020

Thursday, November 12th, 2020 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM GMT

This free webinar will be a short and sharp update on the recent changes to the AEB and Apprenticeship funding rules and some of the policy announcements that have been made since early September, including the announcements about further post 16 qualification reforms.

City & Guilds aim is to support you with information that will enable you to plan your strategy effectively, so you can support more people to develop the skills they need to progress into a job, on the job and onto their next job.

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Opportunity: Adult Education Budget (AEB) Expression of Interest for Greater London

Adult Education Budget (AEB) Expression of Interest for Greater London

Maximus UK are looking to expand the subcontractor delivery of devolved Adult Education Budget (AEB) provision for both of our contracts in London, currently being commissioned by the Greater London Authority (GLA). We are a prime provider for both lots as detailed below:

  • Lot 1 (Delivery location, East London only)  is AEB provision that will support unemployed and economically inactive Londoners into employment; and
  • Lot 2 (Delivery Location Pan London) is AEB provision which will support employed Londoners on low income levels to develop their skills to progress in work. 

We are looking to expand our offer further with organisations that have a strong track record in delivering successful and high quality adult skills programmes in the GLA, and are therefore seeking expressions of interest from organisations that currently offer training provision with the below sectors ONLY

  • Health and Social Care
  • Construction
  • Retail and Wholesale
  • Logistics  

Providers must have experience of delivering skills support to the identified ESF priority groups, with a strong focus on achieving skills and employment outcomes for individuals and employers. We are requiring the potential subcontractors to deliver both contracts LOT 1 (unemployed) and LOT 2 (Employed).

If you’re interested in partnering with us, please complete our Expression of Interest Form and email your completed form to

The deadline for returns of all EOIs is 5:00 p.m. Friday 4 September 2020.

WYCA Adult Education Budget Strategy
May 28, 2020

The Plan

In March 2020, West Yorkshire agreed an ambitious devolution deal with the Government, which will see our region have a directly-elected mayor from May 2021.

Your Voice

The agreement, which is the biggest ever of its kind, unlocks more than £1.8 billion in investment to drive up living standards through better transport, improved skills and stronger businesses, while tackling the climate emergency. This means that West Yorkshire will have control of the £63m annual Adult Education Budget (AEB) for the area enabling us to align spending on skills more closely with the opportunities and needs in the local economy.

The main purpose of the AEB is to provide adults with the skills needed for entering and sustaining employment, an apprenticeship, a traineeship, or other further learning. The funding pays specifically for learning programmes (predominantly qualifications) and provides an element of learner support funding for those with learning difficulties and disabilities.

The AEB Strategy has been developed in order to ensure that we are ready to deliver the Adult Education Budget by 1 August 2021. The plan builds on our existing strategies and the needs of our area, providing a clear foundation upon which we can build the skills of people and businesses within West Yorkshire. The timescales set out by the Government mean that it is necessary to develop the plan prior to the election of the West Yorkshire Mayor.

Click here to view the AEB Strategy.

Devolution of the Adult Education Budget will only proceed if the wider devolution deal is agreed and implemented. If you are interested in knowing more about the West Yorkshire devolution consultation, please 

Click here to visit our West Yorkshire Devolution webpage.

Have your say

As part of our engagement activity and transparency around devolution across West Yorkshire we would like to invite you to provide feedback on the AEB Strategy via an online survey using the link below.

This survey will be open from 25 May to midnight on 12 July 2020.

You can access the survey here.(External link)

Next steps

Following the consultation period, the survey results will be analysed and your feedback will be considered in the development of the final AEB Strategy. This plan will be considered by the Combined Authority to ensure that we are able to meet the required timelines for the delivery of the devolved AEB for the 2021/22 academic year.

Adult Education Budget (AEB) Devolution

From the 2019 to 2020 academic year (1 August 2019 to 31 July 2020), the government will devolve the AEB to the following 6 combined authorities and through a delegation agreement to the Mayor of London for the Greater London Authority (GLA):

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West Midlands
  • West of England
A map of the combined authorities

A map of the combined authorities

This means that from 1 August 2019, the ESFA will no longer be accountable for administering the AEB in these areas.

Subject to readiness, two further authorities, North of Tyne and Sheffield City Region will take on the new responsibilities one year later, in the 2020 to 2021 academic year. We will continue to work closely and support both these authorities in their preparations.

Find out more HERE

Adult Education Budget – Increased Flexiblity
June 1, 2018

On 31st May 2018, ESFA announced a new trial will enable AEB providers to fully fund learners, who are employed and in receipt of a low wage and cannot contribute towards the cost of co-funding fees.

The one-year trial, for the 2018 to 2019 funding year, will enable more eligible adults to access AEB funding.

2018 to 2019 AEB funding rules

This document sets out the adult education budget (AEB) funding rules for the 2018 to 2019 funding year (1 August 2018 to 31 July 2019).

The rules apply to all providers of education and training who receive AEB funding from the Secretary of State for Education acting through the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

If you have a specific query about a section or paragraph in the funding rules document, please email, or speak to your provider management contact.

If you have feedback on how they can make the funding rules clearer, please email