Results of the delayed national adult education budget tender have been released tonight, FE Week can reveal.
Fifty-five training providers have been awarded contracts from the Education and Skills Funding Agency.
Contract values for individual providers have not been released, but FE Week understands the full amount available of £75 million has been awarded.
Big names missing from this year’s winners list (see table below) include the likes of The Child Care Company, Skills Training UK, Babington and the Learning Curve Group.
However, the results are subject to a 10-day standstill period in which unsuccessful bidders can appeal. Contracts are due to commence from August 1.
The overall tender, launched in February, is made up of £12 million for Free Courses for Jobs and £63 million for non-devolved adult education budget (AEB).
AEB contract values range from £203,950 to £2,496,460 and, for Free Courses for Jobs, between £17,780 and £825,506.
The 54 winners represent a further reduction in the number of training providers with AEB contracts with the ESFA.
The agency reduced the number of AEB contractors from 208 to 88 last time when it last procured in 2021.
Of the 2021 winners, just 20 have won contracts again this time around.
FE Week analysis shows that eight of the 55 winners are judged as ‘requires improvement’ by Ofsted, half of whom were inspected this year. Meanwhile, four of the contractors have not yet been inspected by the watchdog at all.