Adult Education Budget

Adult Education Budget (AEB)

The Adult Education Budget (AEB) funds the delivery of education and training for learners aged 19+. Some of the qualifications funded through the AEB include basic English and maths skills, basic digital skills and adult community learning.

These courses are delivered by a range of different providers, including:

  • General further education (FE) colleges
  • Local authorities
  • Independent training providers
  • Institutes for adult learning
  • Sixth form colleges
  • Universities

The Mayor of London will take on responsibility for the Adult Education Budget from the government in 2019/20 - subject to meeting the readiness conditions set by the Secretary of State for Education.

What will the Mayor do with the Adult Education Budget?

The devolution of the AEB to the Mayor of London means that for the first time, London will have the opportunity to tailor the skills and adult education system to better address local priorities.

The Mayor has set out his vision for skills and education for London in his Skills for Londoners Strategy and has outlined how he plans to achieve his ambitions through the draft Skills for Londoners Framework.

The Mayor is committed to tailoring adult education and skills provision in the capital to ensure that every Londoner can access the education and training they need to develop the right skills to succeed.

The Mayor is committed to meeting the needs of London and has appointed the Skills for Londoners Board to provide advice on the devolution of the AEB and the needs of London. 

Some of our projects will be funded through the European Social Fund (ESF). These projects will help unemployed people, and low paid workers, to gain the skills they need to find jobs and progress their careers. 

They will also help small businesses to upskill their workforces. All ESF projects focus on helping people who face barriers to overcome them. They work with communities, businesses, charities and educators to do this supportively.

The GLA will be launching its tendering process to award part of London’s devolved Adult Education Budget (AEB) the week beginning 22 October 2018. The GLA expects to procure a range of education and training services for supporting both in-work and out of work Londoners to gain qualifications, progress into further education, and ultimately access and sustain employment.

As part of this process, the GLA has published a Prior Information Notice (PIN). The PIN sets out more information about the tendering process for providers interested in bidding for these contracts. If you would like to find out more information or make an expression of interest please visit our procurement portal or email: [email protected]

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