Adult Education Budget Strategy


In March 2020, West Yorkshire council leaders agreed an ambitious devolution deal with the Government, which would see our region have a directly-elected mayor from May 2021.

The agreement, which is the biggest ever of its kind, brings into local control more than £1.8 billion in investment to drive up living standards through better transport, improved skills and stronger businesses, while tackling the climate emergency. If the deal is agreed in full West Yorkshire would have control of the £63m annual Adult Education Budget (AEB) for the area enabling us to align spending on skills more closely with the opportunities and needs of the local economy.
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 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 a West Yorkshire Mayor.

As part of our engagement activity and transparency around devolution across West Yorkshire we would like to invite you to provide feedback on the AEB Strategy by completing this survey.

This survey will be open from 25 May to midnight on 12 July 2020.
Before completing this survey we recommend that you read the AEB Strategy which can be found here. It is also recommended that you have a copy of the plan available as you work through the survey.  
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