Greater London Authority AEB

The Adult Education Budget (AEB) funds education and training for adults aged 19 and above

Some of these qualifications funded through the AEB include basic English and maths skills, basic digital and adult community learning.

The Secretary of State and the Mayor of London have signed a delegation letter and Memorandum of Understanding, to transfer certain AEB funding and powers to the Mayor of London.

In January 2019, the Department for Education confirmed London’s AEB allocation for the academic year 2019/20 of circa £306 million. This means that (from the academic year 2019/20) the Education and Skills Funding Agency (EFSA) will, from academic year (AY) 2019/20, no longer be accountable for the AEB, which it currently allocates and manages.

The GLA will be responsible for commissioning AEB-funded provision to Greater London, and have the freedom to set priorities and funding rates, while still being subject to the statutory duties of the Secretary of State.

This will allow the GLA to focus on meeting local area need, delivering local economic objectives and developing a sustainable local provider base.

The Secretary of State has issued guidance for the exercise of delegated adult education functions to the Mayor.

Education Skills Funding Agency invests £4 billion per year of public spending in colleges and training organisations, to fund training for adults in England. The skills training we fund enables people to do their jobs better, get new jobs, or progress in their careers.

They work to an annual budget, targets and priorities set by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. They work at a ‘short arm’s length’ from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, allowing a fast and effective response to policy, while reinforcing the autonomy of the Further Education sector.

Skills Funding Agency’s mission is to ensure that people and businesses can access the skills training they need to succeed in playing their part in society and in growing England’s economy.

Skills Funding Agency allocates funding to colleges and other skills and training organisations who have discretion over expenditure to meet the needs of local businesses and communities.

The European Social Fund (ESF) is one of the EU’s Structural Funds, set up to reduce differences in prosperity and living standards across EU Member States and regions, and therefore promoting economic and social cohesion.

The ESF is devoted to promoting employment in the EU. It helps Member States make Europe’s workforce and companies better equipped to face new, global challenges. In short:

  • Funding is spread across the Member States and regions, in particular those where economic development is less advanced.
  • It is a key element of the EU’s 2020 strategy for Growth and Jobs targeted at improving the lives of EU citizens by giving them better skills and better job prospects.
  • Over the period 2007-2013 some €75 billion will be distributed to the EU Member States and regions to achieve its goals.
Dept of education

 The Department for Education is responsible for education, children’s services, higher and further education policy, apprenticeships and wider skills in England, and equalities. We work to achieve a highly educated society in which opportunity is equal for all, no matter what their background or family circumstances.

We are responsible for:

  • teaching and learning for children in the Early Years sector and in primary schools
  • teaching and learning for young people under the age of 19 years in secondary schools and in further education
  • supporting professionals who work with children and young people
  • helping disadvantaged children and young people to achieve more
  • making sure that local services protect and support children