Useful information from induction workshops, access to published guidance documents and the latest updates.
Information for GLA AEB Providers
AEB provider induction
All GLA AEB providers should develop their knowledge and understanding of managing their grant-funded and/or procured provision, in preparation for delivery from 1 August 2019.
Induction workshops introduced providers to the GLA systems, performance management, subcontracting, and the audit and assurance approach.
Workshop presentation slides are attached below for information and reference.
To maintain provider stability the GLA is committed to making minimal changes to the Education and Skills Funding Agency's (ESFA's) performance management processes during the first year of delivery.
The GLA's approach will be aligned with the ESFA's draft 2019/20 AEB funding and performance management rules. This draft document is applicable to all AEB grant-funded providers. A final version will be published by July 2019.
The development of a joint audit and assurance regime between the ESFA and GLA for the London's AEB is underway, and will represent better value for money that separate audit arrangements in addition to limiting the extra burden on providers to prepare for audits. There are ongoing discussions with the Office for Students regarding higher education institutions and other devolved authorities regarding out of London providers.
GLA Ops is the central corporate system used by the GLA to manage its contracts and grant agreements. GLA Ops has been developed to support performance management, and grant and contract payments associate with the AEB programme. Providers will interact with the GLA in a similar way to the existing ESFA Manage your Education and Skills Funding system.
How to register with GLA Ops - GLA Systems Induction workshop presentation
Broadly, the GLA's approach to subcontracting will be the same as the ESFA's. However, to satisfy requirements around achieving value for money, there will be a requirement for providers to seek approval from the GLA prior to entering an arrangement with a subcontractor. Approval will also be required for any in-year changes to subcontracting arrangements. There will be a 20 per cent cap on provider management fees for AEB-procured provision unless otherwise justified and a 10 per cent cap for AEB European Social Fund (ESF)-procured provision.
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If you are a CEO, a college head, principal, or vice principal and you received a grant allocation letter, and/ or an AEB-procured contract letter addressed to you, you will not need to do anything as you will receive regular email alerts.
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AEB Procured provision
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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 £130M over four years
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 qualification, progress into further education and ultimately access and sustain employment.
The procured AEB funding has been matched 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 service contracts are intended to be split into two lots targeting different priority groups.
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
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Some of our projects will be funded through the European Social Fund. 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 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 Structual Investment Fund Strategy, the Mayor's Skills for Londoners Strategy and other statutory Mayoral Strategies.
As part of this process a Priori Information Notice (PIN) was published online. In addition, an Information Session for the Mayor's ESF 2019-23 programme took place on 13 December 2018 at Coin Street Commuity Centre in Southward. you can access the presentation and the questions and answers from this session.
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