Participation in employment and progression into work are key outcomes that I want to see for ESOL learners in London, alongside important social outcomes such as improved integration and wellbeing. The Adult Education Budget (AEB), which funds the majority of ESOL provision in London, was delegated to me from August 2019. With these new powers, I have extended eligibility for fully-funded AEB provision, including ESOL, to learners in low-paid work. This means that more people can access learning to help them progress into work and access better employment.
In May we will publish mid-year data on the delegated AEB, and in November the first full year of data will be available. We will also be commissioning an evaluation of the AEB and are looking at the feasibility of a new annual survey of London’s learners. The findings from the evaluation and any potential survey will help us to better understand how participation in learning has supported ESOL learners’ progression in life and work.