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Vocational Education

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding bodies provide support for skills for post-16-year-olds in Birmingham; what funding such organisations have received for work in Birmingham and the west midlands in each of the next five years; and what the national budget is for each such organisation in each such year.

Photo of John Hayes John Hayes The Minister for Universities and Science, The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

As the question is directed to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable, my reply refers to funding for further education (FE) and skills for learners aged 19 and over. The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) operates across England and allocates funding directly to individual FE colleges and training organisations to support FE and skills provision for adult learners. Each college and training organisation is expected to use its single Adult Skills budget to support the delivery of apprenticeships, classroom-based learning and work-based learning to meet the needs of the learners, and employers they serve, who may be drawn from a wide geographic area.

As set out in the grant letter to the chief executive of the SFA, which was published on 31 March 2011:

http://readingroom.lsc.gov.uk/SFA/VINCE_CABLE_TO _GEOFF_RUSSELL_(Skills_Funding_Agency)_31_MARCH_ 2011.pdf total funding for the agency for 2011-12 financial year (FY) is £3,923 million. This letter states that the indicative budget for 2012-13 FY is £3,759 million. In ‘Investing in Skills for Sustainable Growth’, published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on 16 November 2010, we stated the direction of travel through to 2014-15 FY. We will publish the Adult Skills Investment Statement for the 2012-13 FY later in the autumn.

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