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Consultation on the Adult Education Budget Employer Focus Groups

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

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

The agreement, which is the biggest ever of its kind, unlocks 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. This means that West Yorkshire will 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 in 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.

As part of our engagement activity and transparency around devolution across West Yorkshire, we would like to understand how your business accesses government funding for training staff, whether or not you have any experience of the Adult Education Budget, and what improvements we could make to the funding to support your business. To help us do this, we will be holding short focus groups on the following dates, supported by The Campaign Company: 

Monday 6 July, 11:00 – 12:00 
Wednesday 8 July, 13:00 – 14:00 

If you are interested in taking part in one of these sessions, please tell us your availability by completing the short Expression of Interest form which can be found by clicking here.  

You will then be sent an information pack and be invited to share your thoughts at one of the discussion groups above. 

 


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