Based on Liverpool City Region’s indicative allocation of AEB, the value of procured activity for the 2019/20 academic year is expected to be an estimated £10m-£15m. This is in addition to the grant funded Providers including indigenous Colleges and Local Authorities. The final overall AEB budget allocation devolved to the Liverpool City Region is expected to be confirmed by DfE early in 2019.
However, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is keen to develop effective, high trust relationships with providers, delivering positive long-term impact for Liverpool City Region learners. This will enable providers to plan and build capacity with greater surety. We expect providers to develop a place-based curriculum offer and wrap-around support with a clear focus on learner progression.
The two-stage procurement process was launched in November 2018 (closed December 2018), successful providers from stage one have now been invited to respond to an invitation to tender. The Combined Authority’s intention is that contracts awarded from this process will initially last for one year (academic year 2019/2020), with an option to extend for a further 2 years. The Combined Authority reserves the right to extend contracts for a second and third period of up to 12 months subject to funding availability, the provider’s delivery and performance against the contract, and skills policy (including any changes to the overall Liverpool City Region budget arising from the Spending Review or adjustments to the way in which Liverpool City Region’s allocation is calculated by central government).