Adult Education Budget (AEB) devolution
Reskills and recover
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the Nation’s workforce. As combined authorities formalise their local recovery plans, we’re committed to ensuring you are in the best possible position to support the economic and skills recovery to come. With a broad portfolio of fundable qualifications, we can help you understand and respond the retraining needs of your region.
What is AEB devolution?
In 2015-16 the government agreed a series of devolution deals between central government and local areas, also known as Mayoral Combined Authorities (MCAs) in England.
As part of the devolution deals certain adult education functions were transferred from the Secretary of State for Education to the MCAs. This means that the MCAs will take on responsibility for the AEB so the approach to this budget will now be based on each particular region’s education and training needs for learners aged 19 and above.
In 2019-20 the AEB was devolved to the following 6 MCAs and through a delegation agreement to the Mayor of London for the Greater London Authority (GLA):
- Cambridge and Peterborough
- Greater London Authority
- Greater Manchester
- Liverpool City Region
- North of Tyne
- West of England
- West Midlands
- West Yorkshire
- Sheffield City Region
From August 2020, AEB will be devolved to the North of Tyne Combined Authority, and in August 2021, AEB will be devolved to Sheffield City Region.
More information on devolution can be found on the government website.
Preparing for devolution
The regional devolution of AEB will have significant implications on providers.
As you deal with this change and develop key partnerships, NCFE is here to support you. We understand the skills gaps in your region and our comprehensive product offer will give strength and depth to your delivery. What’s more, we have dedicated account managers who have both the local and national expertise you need.