Adult Education Budget

//Adult Education Budget

Published 24th September 2020 at 9:33am

As part of its Sheffield City Region Mayoral Combined Authority Devolution Deal, the authority will take responsibility for c£36m of devolved Adult Education Budget (AEB) from August 1st, 2021 and will commission adult skills provision for the residents of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.

Devolution of the AEB enables us to move away from a funding system driven by national priorities to a more strategic regional approach that’s better attuned to local priorities and the needs of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield residents and businesses.

What is the new approach?

Commissioning of the adult education budget will include a mix of both grant funding agreements and procured activity. We will be agreeing three-year delivery plans and taking a risk-based approach to performance management with all our providers

We want to give providers clarity on our priorities and the outcomes we expect them to achieve and help good providers do what they do best; innovate and deliver for residents and businesses.

Allocations will be made to grant funded local authorities and further education colleges based in South Yorkshire. A procurement exercise will begin before the end of 2020 and the contract framework will be open to any organisation who would like to deliver devolved AEB funded provision to South Yorkshire residents.

What are the timescales?

The intention is to launch a procurement round before the end of 2020 ahead of the programme delivery starting in August 2021.

What are the benefits?

Commissioning this budget locally allows us to better meet the needs of our residents, communities and businesses. It helps us to develop strong meaningful relationships with businesses, employers and organisations that deliver teaching and training to the residents of South Yorkshire.

We will make sure the AEB supports both employed and unemployed residents to acquire the skills they need to move into or progress in a job, a Traineeship, an apprenticeship, or further learning.

Local AEB control will play a crucial role in supporting our Renewal Action Plan and the ambitions in the Strategic Economic Plan, helping unlock South Yorkshire’s potential.

How can I find out more and get involved?

To help inform our approach to commissioning, watch the webinar on this page and download the accompanying information pack.

The Webinar is an opportunity for you to find out more about our plans for AEB.

After watching the webinar and reviewing the supporting information, please respond to the questions that will help shape our approach to commissioning devolved AEB. Take the survey.

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