The main purpose of the AEB is to provide adults with the skills needed for entering and sustaining employment, an apprenticeship, a traineeship, or other further learning. The funding pays specifically for learning programmes (predominantly qualifications) and provides an element of learner support funding for those with learning difficulties and disabilities.
The AEB Strategy has been developed in order to ensure that we are ready to deliver the Adult Education Budget by 1 August 2021.
The plan builds on our existing strategies and the needs of our area, providing a clear foundation upon which we can build the skills of people and businesses within West Yorkshire. The timescales set out by the Government mean that it is necessary to develop the plan prior to the election of the West Yorkshire Mayor.
Devolution of the Adult Education Budget will only proceed if the wider devolution deal is agreed and implemented. You can find out more about the West Yorkshire devolution consultation.