Major devolution milestone as local skills support for South Yorks’ learners & business agreed

Reposted from Sheffield City Region

Plans to help people and businesses in South Yorkshire secure the skills they need, have taken a major step forward today. In a landmark for South Yorkshire’s devolution journey, the Mayoral Combined Authority has announced the providers who will be delivering adult skills provision across South Yorkshire.

The announcement comes ahead of the upcoming devolution of the Adult Education Budget (AEB), powers secured from Westminster as part of the landmark Devolution Deal agreed in July 2020 for South Yorkshire.

Local control over the AEB will help people improve their skills to progress in work, stay in work or get back to work. The local skills system can be transformed to focus on the needs of South Yorkshire’s local businesses and the industries that are predicted to grow in the coming years.

Dan Jarvis MP, Mayor of South Yorkshire, said:

“This marks another step in South Yorkshire taking control of its future and shaping its destiny. Skills and adult education are critical to building a bigger and better economy for our region – giving people the opportunity they need to prosper and helping businesses grow.

Our wider skills strategy plans mean there will be 30,000 more people with higher levels skills by 2041.

This is the power of devolution and we’re using it to meet the needs of South Yorkshire’s people and local businesses as we renew our region.”

Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton CBE, Chair of the Sheffield City Region Education, Skills and Employability Board, said:

“The training providers will work with us to shape South Yorkshire’s skills agenda to meet our region’s unique needs. Together we will support our residents to get good jobs and progress their careers in South Yorkshire’s key sectors and make learning more inclusive.

“There are several growth industries that will require specific skills in the future, such as advanced manufacturing and digital, and we’ll deliver the right skills to meet these future demands. We’re developing deep and effective collaborations between businesses, education, and training providers to make this happen.”

The adult education budget funds provision in Further Education colleges, local authority training providers, independent training providers and voluntary, third sector and community organisations and supports both employed and unemployed residents, helping them to acquire the skills they need to move into or progress in a job, a traineeship, an apprenticeship or further learning.

Transforming adult skills provision is part of the Mayoral Combined Authority’s Renewal Action Plan promise to give a hand up for people to improve their skills, get back to work, remain and progress in work. Supporting people to find and get on in work and backing businesses to grow is critical to South Yorkshire’s recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic.

As part of its Devolution Deal, the Sheffield City Region Mayoral Combined Authority will take responsibility for devolved Adult Education Budget (AEB) from August 1st, 2021 and will commission adult skills provision for the residents of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, and Sheffield.

This announcement concludes a robust procurement exercise which has been ongoing since December 2020. The successful providers have been notified.

People can find out more about the Adult Education Budget on the Sheffield City Region website


About the Devolution of the Adult Education Budget in South Yorkshire

Devolution of the Adult Education Budget in South Yorkshire will allow us to ensure high quality education and training is available for adults across South Yorkshire.

  1. Strengthening the strategic focus of education, work, and skills provision for adults – and securing a better link between provision and SEP and RAP priorities.
  2. Agreeing 3-year delivery plans with providers which better reflect the provision we need to meet the needs of local residents, employers and the economy.
  3. Supporting greater collaboration and partnership working between providers, to develop a better understanding of learner journeys and employers needs so that we can support learner progression into further and higher learning, jobs or apprenticeships.

This covers four segmented areas:

  1. Supporting residents into employment – Provides support for residents to enter/re-enter the workforce including Sector Work Academy Programmes.
  2. Provision for adults in employment, self-employed or at risk of redundancy – Provides support for residents in work looking to reskill or upskill by gaining qualifications at higher levels.
  3. No young person left behind – Provides support for young people aged 19-24 who are Not in Employment Education or Training (NEET) or hidden NEETs.
  4. Test and Learn Adult Key Worker Model – Provides grass root integrated delivery models focused on those adults 25+ that would benefit from significant personalised support.

Selected Providers are shown below:

Supporting residents into employment

  • Free to Learn Ltd
  • Momentum Technical College
  • Skills Training UK
  • Standguide Limited
  • The Construction Skills People Ltd

Provision for adults in employment, self-employed or at risk of redundancy

  • Bright Direction Training Limited
  • Eden Training Solutions
  • Profound Services Ltd
  • Skills Training UK
  • The Construction Skills People Ltd (Funding)
  • Waltham International College Ltd

No young person left behind

  • Back 2 Work Complete Training
  • Learning Curve Group
  • PET-Xi Training Ltd
  • Skills Training UK

Test and Learn Adult Key Worker Model

  • Acis Group
  • Big Ambitions CIC
  • Headstart Health & Training Limited
  • South Yorkshire Housing Association
  • The Employers Forum

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