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
Allocation
Child Care Company Old Windsor
£2,999,959
Go Train
£2,999,865
Skills Training
£2,999,694
Capita
£2,804,943
Acacia Training
£2,479,420
Construction Skills People
£1,999,740
GP Strategies Training
£1,964,325
Axia Solutions
£1,956,917
Plato Training
£1,912,200
Specialist Trade Courses
£1,829,605
Portland Training
£1,742,743
Professional Training Solutions
£1,683,116
Skills to Group
£1,617,350
CT Skills Limited
£1,422,105
Babington Business College
£1,358,749
Academy Transformation Trust
£1,333,278
Qube Qualifications & Development
£1,235,568
Acorn Training Consultants
£1,233,000
Learning Curve Group
£1,229,462
Profound Services
£1,226,339
Impact Futures Training
£1,186,126
TRN Train
£1,156,079
Back 2 Work Complete Training
£1,132,777
Eat That Frog CIC
£1,013,745
Resources N E
£988,190
Community Training Portal
£969,926
Seetec Business Technology Centre
£926,228
SCL Education & Training
£903,624
Mainstream Training
£897,721
Strive Training London
£882,053
SCCU
£855,530
Aspire Sporting Academy
£847,799
Acorn Training
£821,259
South West Association of Training Providers
£809,402
Kiwi Education
£780,895
Futures Advice Skills & Employment
£769,973
Eden Training Solutions
£755,056
JBC Skills Training
£742,936
Derby Business College
£742,531
Voluntary & Community Sector LSC
£727,000
Skills Edge Training
£723,020
BCTG
£696,418
B Skill
£692,767
Antrec
£676,941
Forward Trust
£612,064
Think Employment
£611,471
JGA
£599,874
Train 4
£590,794
Waltham International College
£589,210
Genesis Training Group
£553,251
Northern Care Training
£543,632
Fareham College
£542,979
Functional Skills
£506,406
Best Practice Training & Development
£475,890
Education & Training Skills
£452,100
North Staffordshire Engineering GTA
£446,190
Workpays
£433,908
Total Training Provision
£419,428
Access Training East Midlands
£411,393
Personal Trainer
£398,796
Northern Regeneration CIC
£365,865
Aspiration Training
£353,831
Talented Training
£346,018
Keir Training & Recruitment Ltd
£339,326
Achievement Training
£334,496
Fairway Training Healthcare
£318,667
Citrus Training
£310,153
E Training
£309,215
Creative Process Digital
£301,860
Bright Direction Training
£299,680
Plumpton College
£297,975
Thelightbulb
£269,067
Finchale Training College
£265,123
Train Together
£260,742
ALM Training Services
£250,889
Building Heroes Education Foundation
£236,778
Nottinghamshire County Council
£224,498
DTK Business Services
£219,134
Development Manager
£194,895
Evolve Your Future
£188,137
Cedars Health & Beauty Centres
£186,553
FC Training College
£185,567
Mi Computsolutions Incorporated
£172,256
Logistics Skills & Consultancy
£172,136
Communicators Training Associates
£162,344
Number 4 Group
£151,068
Gateway Education London
£150,678
JM Excellence in Training
£150,147

 



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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!