The ESFA brings together the former responsibilities of the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and Skills Funding Agency (SFA). There are hundreds of NCFE qualifications eligible for ESFA funding in 2017-18, with more being added all the time.

Please check the ESFA Hub for qualification funding information.

For AEB funding rules and for learner eligibility criteria, please refer to the ESFA’s funding rules.

Maximise your Adult Education Budget in 17-18

Take a look at the below bundles of qualifications that can help you to use the funding available to you in different ways:

To support your staff's CPD:

To help your learners get a taste of the workplace:

To upskill your learners in the growing Digital and Enterprise industries:

Advanced Learner Loans

We can help you maximise your funding and use your full Advanced Learner Loan allocation through our portfolio of eligible qualifications.

Take a look at the full list.

The Government has introduced a package of measures to support both learners and providers with Advanced Learner Loans and is providing a £50m bursary fund to support vulnerable learners with additional costs related to learning. Support is available from the Education and Skills Funding Agency, the National Careers Service, the Gov.UK website and Student Finance England. Centres should check the latest version of the Funding Rules for further information about Advanced Learner Loans.

Advanced Learner Loans guide.


For apprenticeship information, please see the ESFA Apprenticeships funding page.


For traineeship information for 16-18 year olds please see the ESFA Traineeship funding page.

For traineeship information for 19-24 year olds please see the the Adult Education Budget, funding and performance management rules for the relevant year.

How can I find out if an NCFE qualification is funded?

You can find out if any NCFE qualification is eligible for funding from the Education and Skills Funding Agency. You can also see which of our qualifications are fundable under the Adult Skills Budget that comes with learning resources.


Find our qualifications, learning resources and delivery support on our dedicated website QualHub

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