In February, the Department for Education (DfE) informed me of the delegated Adult Education Budget (AEB) for the 2020/21 academic year. DfE increased London’s AEB allocation by approximately £2.1 million to support demand for adult training following the national roll-out of the National Retraining Scheme ‘Get Help to Retrain’ service.
In September, DfE allocated an additional £12.9 million of AEB to fund sector-based work academies and high value courses for school and college leavers. The sector-based work academy programme is designed to help Jobcentre Plus claimants improve their job prospects and help employers to fill local vacancies. I have added a further £1.9 million taking the total amount available to support these activities to £14.9 million.
The government recently introduced the Lifetime Skills Guarantee which will support adults without A-levels to gain a Level 3 qualification. I am calling for this to be devolved in line with existing devolution arrangements.