The Sheffield City Region Mayoral Combined Authority (MCA) is working closely with the Department for Education (DfE) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency to prepare for devolution of the Adult Education Budget from August 2021, subject to being able to satisfy DfE’s readiness conditions.
Devolution will provide the MCA with greater freedoms, flexibility and the opportunity to develop an agile skills system at a local level. Over the next year the MCA will, in commissioning the AEB, be taking the opportunity to innovate and collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure that the devolved AEB better meets the skills needs of the City Region its businesses and residents.
What is AEB?
The Adult Education Budget (AEB) aims to engage adults aged 19+ who live in the Sheffield City Region with the learning they need to prepare them for work, an apprenticeship, or further training.
The budget covers elements of adult education in colleges, councils, private training providers and community groups for those aged 19 years and above.
It does not cover apprenticeships and traineeship funding.
What is devolution?
Devolution is about securing money and powers from central Government, so that more decisions are made in South Yorkshire, for South Yorkshire.
Devolving powers to local leaders means more decisions made closer to home rather than in Westminster.
What does this mean for AEB?
The Combined Authority hopes to be ready to begin to administer the devolved Adult Education Budget from August 2021 onwards.
What happens in the academic year 20/21?
For the academic year 2020/2021 funding for AEB funded learning for residents in Sheffield City Region will continue to be administered by the ESFA.
I’m a training provider, what happens next?
Keep an eye on updates from the Sheffield City Region as we progress towards the devolution of AEB.
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