SYMCA calls on South Yorks residents to access adult education courses


South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA) is urging residents to take advantage of the adult education provision available through its recent round Adult Education Budget tender process.

The authority has commissioned a series of external partners to deliver AEB courses in South Yorkshire, as listed below.

SYMCA says local control over the AEB (Adult Education Budget) 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 opportunities 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.”

The Adult Education Budget funds Further Education colleges, local authority training providers, independent training providers and voluntary, third sector and community organisations  to provide support for 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 (PDF, 10Mb) promise to give a helping hand to enable 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 South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority took responsibility for devolved Adult Education Budget (AEB) from 1 August 2021 and commissioned adult skills provision for the residents of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, and Sheffield.

Update on Adult Education Budget Commissioning for South Yorkshire

The following providers have received a Grant for AEB Delivery for 2021/22.

  • Barnsley College
  • Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
  • DN College Group
  • Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Longley Park Sixth Form College
  • RNN Group
  • The Northern College for Residential Adult Education
  • The Sheffield College
  • Sheffield City Council

The following providers have received contracts to deliver procured provision: –

Supporting residents into employment

Providing support to South Yorkshire residents who will need support to enter/re-enter the workforce.

  • Skills Training UK
  • Free to Learn
  • Momentum
  • Standguide
  • Construction Skills

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

Providing support to South Yorkshire residents looking to reskill or upskill by gaining qualifications at higher levels.

  • Skills Training UK
  • Construction Skills
  • Profound Services
  • Waltham College
  • Bright Direction Training
  • Eden Training

No young person left behind

Providing support to young people aged 19-24 in South Yorkshire who are Not in Employment Education or Training (NEET) or hidden NEETs.

  • Skills Training UK
  • Back 2 Work Complete Training
  • Learning Curve Group
  • PET XI Training

Test and Learn Adult Key Worker Model

Providing support to residents who face complex and/or multiple barriers and living in homes where there is intergenerational/family worklessness in our most deprived communities.

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

Please note this list of providers is subject to agreement of contracts.

The Authority will provide further information including contact details and an overview of each of the procured provider’s delivery footprint in due course.

Further information 

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