Revealed: The 88 providers that won national adult education budget tender funding

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Half of the 88 training providers to win funding in the government’s national adult education budget (AEB) tender did not hold a procured AEB contract last year, FE Week analysis has found.

Outcomes for the delayed procurement were communicated to providers last month and the list of winners has now been released.

A total of 208 independent providers previously held procured AEB contracts with the agency, but this number has been slashed by almost 60 per cent to just 88.

They are sharing a £73.9 million pot.

FE Week analysis of this latest procurement result and the ESFA’s allocations spreadsheet for last year shows that 44 of the 88 the winning bidders did not previously hold a procured allocation.

And two of the winners are colleges which already receive grant funding for AEB from the agency.

The contracts awarded in this latest procurement are for the 2021/22 academic year. The list of winners was first published by Carley Consult earlier today.

Outcomes were originally supposed to be communicated on June 24. The ESFA then said they could not meet that deadline and bidders were told the outcomes would be ready for June 28, only for this date to be further pushed back. Results were finally communicated two weeks before the contract start date.

Read the next edition of FE Week for further analysis of the results of this procurement, which will be published on September 10.


The list of AEB tender winners and their allocation:

Provider Name
Child Care Company Old Windsor
Go Train
Skills Training
Acacia Training
Construction Skills People
GP Strategies Training
Axia Solutions
Plato Training
Specialist Trade Courses
Portland Training
Professional Training Solutions
Skills to Group
CT Skills Limited
Babington Business College
Academy Transformation Trust
Qube Qualifications & Development
Acorn Training Consultants
Learning Curve Group
Profound Services
Impact Futures Training
TRN Train
Back 2 Work Complete Training
Eat That Frog CIC
Resources N E
Community Training Portal
Seetec Business Technology Centre
SCL Education & Training
Mainstream Training
Strive Training London
Aspire Sporting Academy
Acorn Training
South West Association of Training Providers
Kiwi Education
Futures Advice Skills & Employment
Eden Training Solutions
JBC Skills Training
Derby Business College
Voluntary & Community Sector LSC
Skills Edge Training
B Skill
Forward Trust
Think Employment
Train 4
Waltham International College
Genesis Training Group
Northern Care Training
Fareham College
Functional Skills
Best Practice Training & Development
Education & Training Skills
North Staffordshire Engineering GTA
Total Training Provision
Access Training East Midlands
Personal Trainer
Northern Regeneration CIC
Aspiration Training
Talented Training
Keir Training & Recruitment Ltd
Achievement Training
Fairway Training Healthcare
Citrus Training
E Training
Creative Process Digital
Bright Direction Training
Plumpton College
Finchale Training College
Train Together
ALM Training Services
Building Heroes Education Foundation
Nottinghamshire County Council
DTK Business Services
Development Manager
Evolve Your Future
Cedars Health & Beauty Centres
FC Training College
Mi Computsolutions Incorporated
Logistics Skills & Consultancy
Communicators Training Associates
Number 4 Group
Gateway Education London
JM Excellence in Training


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  1. A minimum contract value was established to reduce the level of risk and possibly stop funding ending up in a small number of hands. Fifteen minutes on Companies House would have revealed that the same company (and the same directors) control four other successful bidders, totalling £5m of taxpayers money. Learning Curve must be delighted with themselves and you have to commend their foresight…and bid writing. But what’s to stop them buying more Trojan horses next year and doing more of the same? Not quite cricket! Feel really sorry for the quality providers that missed out.

  2. Would be interesting to see if these providers previously held contracts and how much of their previous allocations they actually delivered across what parts of the country and what qualifications.

  3. The biggest winner on here (Child Care Company Old Windsor) also own another big winner on the list – Impact Futures. Their websites are more or less identical. Is there really a different offer for learners/employers? They win over £4m between them. Unbelievable!