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. 

If you would like more information on the delegation of the Adult Education Budget to London please read our Core Brief. This document includes details on how delegation will work, key milestones and dates as well as some frequently asked questions. The Core Brief will be updated from time to time as we move closer to delegation.

Funding Opportunities

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From the 2019/20 academic year, the Adult Education Budget (AEB) for London residents will be delegated from the Department for Education (DfE) to the Mayor of London.

London’s indicative AEB is £311 million per year although the final amount being delegated will only be confirmed by DfE in early 2019.

The Greater London Authority is in the process of procuring a range of adult training services resulting in multiple contracts for services, amounting to approximately £130 million. However, this value could go up to £200 million over four years, subject to the final AEB allocation to the Great London Authority being confirmed by DFE.

It is intended that successful providers will enter into individual contracts to deliver a range of education and training services to both in-work and out of work London residents aged 19 or above, to help them gain qualifications, progress into further education and ultimately access and sustain employment.

The procured AEB funding will be used as match to some of London’s European Social Fund (ESF) allocation. All AEB provision procured through this invitation to tender will therefore need to be compliant with the ESF regulations. The services contracts are intended to be split into two lots targeting different priority groups.

A corrigendum to the contract notice for the GLA's Adult Education Budget Procured Provision was published on 14 November 2018. Updated versions of some of the procurement documents and a short summary of the key changes have been published on the procurement portal ProContract.

Please view the updated contract notice for further information on how to apply for this opportunity.

If you would like more information on the AEB Programme and Procurement approach, please refer to our presentation used at the November 2018 AEB Information Sessions. You may also like to read the summary of questions and answers from the market warming events. 

The Mayor's European Social Fund 2019-23 Programme

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.

We will shortly be launching a tendering process to award the Mayor's European Social Fund (ESF) 2019-23 programme. We expect to procure a range of skills and employment programmes for adults and young Londoners who are furthest from the labour market and those who face in-work poverty. These project have been developed to respond to priorities identified within the London Economic Action Partnership's (LEAP) European Structural Investment Fund strategy, the Mayor's Skills for Londoners Strategy and other statutory Mayoral strategies.

As part of this process, a Prior Information Notice (PIN) can be accessed online. The PIN sets out more information about the tendering process for providers interested in bidding for these contracts. 

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