• Stop fighting over the crumbs of the adult education budget!

    There’s no point in principals squabbling over the crumbs of the AEB, writes Ewart Keep, who wants the sector to take devolution much more seriously It has not taken long for some in FE to fall into the trap that central government set for localities when it decided to “devolve” the adult education budget (AEB).

    5.00 Jun. 12th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Londoners on less than the living wage of £19,890 can access free training next year

    Adults in the capital who earn less than the London living wage will have their training fully funded from 2019/20. The commitment was revealed this morning at the launch of the mayor’s new Skills for Londoners plan. It follows an announcement made by Education and Skills Funding Agency last week that low-paid workers across the

    12.47 Jun. 6th, 2018 | News

  • Demands for fairness after ESFA sets aside £2.6m in Somerset tender

    The launch of a £2.6 million tender by the Education and Skills Funding Agency to deliver community learning services in Somerset has prompted demands for fairness and reform to the procurement process over the apparent special treatment. The invitation to tender, published May 31, follows a campaign by community learning provider Somerset Skills and Learning

    17.31 Jun. 1st, 2018 | News

  • Mayor of London blames DfE for having to top-slice AEB

    The Greater London Authority is locked in a war of words with the government over Sadiq Khan’s plan to top-slice £3 million from the adult education budget to cover the costs of devolution. The Department for Education insisted it had awarded the GLA “sufficient funds to prepare”, having provided £235,139 in “implementation funding” between September

    11.00 May. 25th, 2018 | News

  • The new prime providers who struck gold in the first AEB tender

    There were many winners to emerge from the AEB procurement, including two new prime providers which each received more than £1 million. Top of the list of first-time primes is London-based Free to Learn, which has £2 million for November to July next year. Its chief commercial officer was bullish about the company’s ability to

    12.08 Nov. 17th, 2017 | News

  • It's time to rebuild the AEB process

    This year’s adult education budget has been a debacle, according to Mark Dawe, who wants the whole process substantially rethought and redesigned to avoid underspending on one hand and underfunding on the other There’s no denying that the recent tender process for the independent training providers’ £110 million share of the £1.5 billion adult education

    12.38 Oct. 3rd, 2017 | Opinion

  • Training providers join forces to challenge Justine Greening in court

    A group of leading training providers is gearing up for collective action against the government’s adult education budget procurement process, FE Week can reveal. The coalition is made up of organisations which say they’ve suffered financial loss and damage to their business as a result of the recent tender – and they believe they have sufficient

    10.06 Sep. 8th, 2017 | News

  • Exclusive: Election delay for results of first adult education budget procurement

    The announcement of results of the first ever procurement process for the adult education budget has been delayed until after the general election, FE Week can reveal. An email seen by FE Week was sent to providers earlier today via FASST, the online services hub for organisations working with the Education and Skills Funding Agency,

    22.00 May. 9th, 2017 | News

  • Exclusive: Call for long-term AEB procurement pause after election delay

    A long-term pause on the first ever procurement process for adult education budget contracts has been called for – after FE Week learned it’s now unlikely any tendering results will be published before the general election. The former Skills Funding Agency first wrote to independent training providers last autumn and told them that their current AEB contracts

    12.06 Apr. 25th, 2017 | News