Adult Education Budget

IMPORTANT NOTICE : The procurement opportunity for the Contracts for Services element of Liverpool City Region Combined Authority - Adult Education Budget (AEB) is now live with a closing date of Monday 10th December 2018 at 9:30am. You can access the opportunity by CLICKING HERE

Please note, Knowsley Council  is acting as the lead authority for the AEB Procurement exercise on behalf of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. This opportunity will be available via the e-tendering portal Pro Contract under Knowsley Council not the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

All relevant documentation can be found on The Chest.  All questions relating to this SQ exercise should be directed to Knowsley Council via The Chest only. The deadline for applicants to log questions on The Chest is 4th December 2018.

You can access guidance on how to register and use The Chest by CLICKING HERE

Government has committed to devolve the Adult Education Budget (AEB) in Liverpool City Region to the Combined Authority from the academic year 2019/20. This means that for the first time, the City Region will have the opportunity to tailor the skills and adult education system to better address local priorities.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has reminded providers that all AEB providers’ funding will be affected by devolution, even those in non-devolved areas. Mayoral Combined Authorities (MCAs) will be responsible for funding their residents and ESFA will be responsible for funding residents of non-devolved areas. In future, depending on providers’ geographic delivery footprint and MCAs’ commissioning decisions, providers may have a single funding relationship with a commissioning authority or multiple funding relationships covering one or more MCAs/GLA and ESFA. It is therefore important that providers understand how much of their delivery (direct and sub-contracted) is to residents of devolved areas.

Adult Education Budget

The Combined Authority has been preparing for some time for the devolution of the AEB and has put in place the building blocks. Our new Skills Strategy (2018-2023) based upon detailed analysis and extensive stakeholder engagement is in place. This brings clarity to the scale and nature of Liverpool City Region skills issues and identifies where local interventions are likely to have greatest impact. It includes five outcomes that reflect the priority issues for the City Region and these will inform the City Region’s investment and decision making for AEB. 


Based on Liverpool City Region’s indicative allocation of AEB, the value of procured activity for the 2019/20 academic year is expected to be an estimated £10m-£15m, with the final budget expected to be confirmed by DfE early in 2019.

However, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is keen to develop effective, high trust relationships with providers, delivering positive long-term impact for Liverpool City Region learners. This will enable providers to plan and build capacity with greater surety. We expect providers to develop a place-based curriculum offer and wrap-around support with a clear focus on learner progression.

With this in mind, the Combined Authority’s intention is that contracts awarded from this procurement will initially last for one year (academic year 2019/2020), with an option to extend for a further 2 years. The Combined Authority reserves the right to extend contracts for a second and third period of up to 12 months subject to funding availability, the provider’s delivery and performance against the contract, and skills policy (including any changes to the overall Liverpool City Region budget arising from the Spending Review or adjustments to the way in which Liverpool City Region’s allocation is calculated by central government).

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Core Brief

This document is the standard information sheet that has been agreed nationally across all MCA/GLA, ESFA and DfE for the devolved Adult Education Budget. To download a copy CLICK HERE