Collaborative Working for Smaller Providers: October 2018

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
Adult Education Budget - Collaborative Working for smaller providers

Date: 16 October 2018

Time: 1:00pm (1.30pm Presentation start) – 3:30pm

Location: The Grace Suite, Hilton Liverpool City Centre, 3 Thomas Steers Way, Liverpool, L1 8LW

Government has committed to devolve the Adult Education Budget (AEB) in Liverpool City Region to the Combined Authority from the academic year 2019/20. The devolved AEB is aimed at delivering education and training provision for adults aged 19 and over who are resident in the Liverpool City Region. This means that, from 1 August 2019, the City Region will have the opportunity to tailor the skills and adult education system to better address local priorities.

The Combined Authority has been preparing for some time for the devolution of the AEB and has put in place the building blocks. Our newSkills 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. 

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority are hosting a market engagement workshop to understand more about how smaller providers can work collaboratively to meet the requirements of the commissioning process.  This event is an opportunity for all interested providers to network and hear about our vision for this programme. It is envisaged that the devolved AEB will have minimum contract value of £100,000 detailed as part of the commissioning process. This threshold was supported as part of our recent market testing. The procurement process for contracts for services will commence at the end of October 2018.

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.  

Target Audience

This workshop is aimed at providers who may already be delivering AEB to Liverpool City Region residents or in other or neighbouring areas on a sub contracted basis, ESF providers of skills for adults, current training consortia organisations or those who may wish to consider options to get involved in delivery going forward. 

The Combined Authority recognises and values the role that providers with smaller capacity for delivery can play in helping to widen participation amongst under-represented groups that would otherwise be hard to reach and promote progression into further learning and employment.


The Combined Authority is seeking to develop effective, high trust relationships with providers and their sub-contractors, to deliver positive long-term impact for Liverpool City Region learners. We would like them to develop a place-based curriculum offer and wrap-around support with a clear focus on learner progression.

The Combined Authority is also keen to explore how consortia arrangement and approaches to sub-contracting can support an entry point to devolved AEB funding for smaller voluntary and community sector (VCS) and niche providers, where they may not otherwise be able to meet the minimum contract value.


  • Overview of Liverpool City Region skills priorities
  • What has our Market Engagement told us so far?
  • Delivery model options for those wishing to collaborate including VCS smaller and niche providers
  • Social value in procurement
  • Question and Answer Session
  • Networking opportunity

To reserve your place at the event please BOOK HERE

Places are limited to 2 people per organisation, therefore we request you confirm your availability at the earliest convenience.