Adult Education Budget Procurement - Round Two

Last year the Adult Education Budget (AEB) was devolved to West Midlands Combined Authority and a first round of procurement was carried out focused on three lots:

  1. Training for unemployed residents
  2. Training for employed residents
  3. Innovation

From this we received over 120 tenders of which 47 were awarded and began delivery in September 2019.

We are now looking to complete a second round of procurement focused on:

 Lot 4 – Support for those in employment (Estimated value up to £1.5m)

  • Focus on new learning to support career progression
  • A flexible adult offer to enable those who seek to re-train and up-skill
  • Particular focus but not exclusive to those in low-paid, low-skilled and insecure jobs
  • Level 2, 3 and 4
  • Funding subsidies available to support L3 and L4
  • Pre-apprenticeship provision that supports uptake of Apprenticeships

Lot 5 – Birmingham Commonwealth Games (Estimated value up to £1m)

  • Particular focus on young people aged between 19 and 30 and unemployed adults aged 30+ through level 3 provision
  • Technical skills at level 3 supporting event management, digital marketing, hospitality, sports coaching and team leading.

Lot 6 – Coventry City of Culture (Estimated value up to £500,000)

  • Focus on creative, digital and tourism and in engaging communities and individuals who are not working to prepare to volunteer for the events.
  • Engaging hard to reach groups to participate in learning using the City of Culture as an enabler leading to sustainable further learning and employment as part of its legacy. 
  • Key to delivering this is for providers to be involved in a range of community activity – a trusted partner and deliverer.


If you would like to find out more about the tender process there are two information events being held on 12 February:


Find out more and apply for funding