Frequently asked questions about the devolution of the Adult Education Budget to the West of England Combined Authority.
Courses that start before August 1, 2019 will continue to be funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency.
How much will the West of England Combined Authority receive from the devolved Adult Education Budget?
For the 2019/20 academic year, the Government has allocated £14.7m of AEB to WECA.
WECA will fund the delivery of courses and provision in line with the AEB Strategic Skills Plan. It will continue to support eligible learners with statutory entitlements to study specified qualifications for free.
From the 2019/20 academic year, funding for AEB provision delivered to WECA residents (residents of Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire) will come from the WECA rather than the Education and Skills [...]
No, the funding will be used for residents of WECA’s three constituent councils - Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
The devolved Adult Education Budget does not cover: Anything related to apprenticeships Anything related to adult offender learning Anything related to young people between 16-18 Anything related to traineeships Anything related to Advance Learner Loans [...]
Some courses may need change in line with the AEB Strategic Skills Plan and the priorities associated with it. Any change will be focused on increasing the responsiveness of the budget to the needs of [...]
Providers are encouraged to get in touch with WECA to develop a strong working relationship.
WECA will continue to fund free study for learners, who meet certain conditions, as a result of statutory entitlements.