The Department for Education provided the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority an allocation of c£51m for the period, 1 August 2019 to 31 July 2020. The allocation for 2020/21 academic year is c£53M for all AEB activity that primarily has been committed to Grant Funded Providers and to Independent Training Providers via commissioning. The procured activity completed in 2019 covered a 3 year period and followed a Commissioning Plan, underpinned by a clear set of principles. The appraisal, of submissions for contracted provision, incorporated a pre published criteria to ensure an open and transparent process assessed on quality not price, this is due to the adoption of the national funding calculation for learning aims (detailed on the national Learning Aims Reference Service)
2020/21 allocation breakdown:
- c£15m allocated through the procurement process to contracted providers
- c£33m has been committed to grant funded providers (Colleges and Local Authorities)
- Facilitation resources have been set aside to enact responsive measures required in-year – particularly as a result of the impacts of Covid-19
The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority continues to develop effective, high trust relationships with its providers, delivering a positive long-term impact for Liverpool City Region learners, enabling providers to plan and build capacity with greater surety. We expect providers to deliver a place-based curriculum offer and wrap-around support with a clear focus on learner progression.
The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has published information confirming the details of all providers delivering the devolved AEB budget in the Liverpool City Region for the period 2019/20 and 2020/21. This information includes provider allocations, inclusive of the Test and Learn pilot delivery, agreed across the region.