This budget is used to help adults over the age of 19 to develop the skills and qualifications needed for life, work, apprenticeships and further learning.
The West of England Combined Authority is responsible for adult education funding in Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire. That means we fund education providers to deliver tailored courses that meet the needs of our region.
As part of our education strategy, we focus on five categories of adult education:
We target funding at the residents who need it most, whilst also supporting those in work to gain better-paid, more secure employment. We prioritise the following residents when choosing which provision to fund:
Education providers can apply to us for funding to deliver adult education on our behalf. To find out how to apply please visit our funding policies and guidance page.
To view all 2022-23 Adult Education Funding documentation please visit funding policies and guidance.
Find all the documents relating to our funding rules, policies and related guidance, as well as information covering the Grant Funding Agreements (GFA) for strategic partners and providers.
National Skills Fund Level 3 offers free courses for jobs within high demand sectors to people aged 19 and over. These courses are fully funded through the Combined Authority’s Adult Education Budget and the Department of Education and forming part of the National Skills Fund.