Department for Education Adult Education Budget Procurement Contracts 2021-2022
Light Touch Procurement. The Adult Education Budget is the major fund for adult learners, delivering skills provision for eligible adults aged 19+ from pre-entry to Level 3.
Adult Education Budget Procurement Contracts for Services 2021/22
DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION
- Adult and other education services – 80400000
Location of contract
North East, North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, East Midlands, West Midlands, East of England, South East, South West
Value of contract
Adult Education Budget Procurement
5 February 2021
22 March 2021
Contract start date
1 August 2021
Contract end date
31 July 2022
Open procedure (OJEU)
This is an accelerated procedure. Justification:
As set out in the ITT Documents this is a light touch procurement and as such is not subject to the full requirements of The Public Contracts Regulations 2015.
The Secretary of State for Education determined that there should be a ‘transitional’ (short-term) procurement based on current AEB policy to support learners until Further Education (FE) Reform policy embeds and to provide access for learners to the new National Skills Fund Level 3 adult offer. This procurement, for the 2021/22 academic year, will ensure continued access to funds for providers who have an important role in the adult education market helping to deliver the government’s education and skills priorities and ensuring full coverage across England. It will also provide opportunities to support some of the policies associated with post Covid-19 economic recovery.
As a consequence of Covid-19, unemployment is expected to rise. The cohort of unemployed adults is now different compared to pre-Covid-19; many of them have skills and work experience but need support retraining and upskilling into sustainable, productive employment and the jobs of the future. Covid-19 has therefore expedited the need for people to reskill into sustainable, productive employment.
The Services to be delivered under the Contracts will support Covid-19 recovery and will be focused to support skills which boost productivity and enhance the adult skills system.
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The Adult Education Budget (AEB) is the major fund for adult learners, delivering skills provision for eligible adults aged 19+ from pre-entry to Level 3. AEB provision aims to engage adults in learning which provides the skills and learning they need for work, progression in work, an Apprenticeship or further learning.
The ESFA would like to invite potential contractors to apply for ESFA funded AEB contract for services for the delivery of adult education and training to learners in England that are resident outside of the devolved areas. The contracts will start on 1 August 2021 and run for the 2021/22 academic year. Contracts awarded will be between the values of £150,000 and £3,000,000.
The procurement will fund the following provision:
English and maths, up to and including Level 2, for individuals aged 19 and over, who have not previously attained a GCSE grade A* – C or grade 4, or higher, and/or
First full qualification at Level 2 for individuals aged 19 to 23, and/or
First full qualification at Level 3 for individuals aged 19 to 23.
Information technology (‘digital’) skills, up to and including Level 1, for individuals aged 19+, who have digital skills assessed at below Level 1.
Local Flexibility which supports delivery of flexible tailored provision for adults, including qualifications and components of these and/or non-regulated learning, up to Level 2, including Sector-based Work Academy Programmes (SWAP) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Expansion of DWP’s SWAP
National Skills Fund Level 3 Adult Offer: From April 2021, any adult aged 24 and over who wants to achieve their first full Level 3 qualification, which is equivalent to a technical certificate or diploma, or 2 full A levels, will be able to access hundreds of fully funded courses.
Supporting funding to provide extra support to address barriers that may prevent learners from engaging or continuing learning. This includes:
Learning support – available to providers to meet the cost of making reasonable adjustments, as part of the Equality Act 2010, for learners who have an identified learning difficulty or disability, to achieve their learning goal, and/or
Learner support – available to providers to support learners with a specific financial hardship, such as childcare or residential costs associated with learning.
Based on the best information available to the Authority at this time the overall anticipated value for the Contracts, as set out in this Contract Notice is £157, 000, 000.00 (one hundred and fifty seven million pounds). Potential Contractors shall note that funding for the Contracts is only guaranteed for the period from the Agreement Date to 31 July 2022 and for any Learners recruited before that date to complete their Learning, provided that happens before 31 July 2023. The Authority anticipates that the combined value of the initial Contract Values of all the successful Potential Contracts will be £73,000,000.
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How to apply
Follow the instructions given in the description or the more information section.
About the buyer
Department for Education acting through the Education and Skills Funding Agency
Cheylesmore House South, Quinton Road