How to become a provider

Adult Learning and Skills has a contract with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to deliver the Adult Education Budget (AEB) in Cambridgeshire.  We subcontract some of this budget to other organisations.  These organisations are known as Providers.  Adult Learning and Skills is known as the Lead Provider.

The ESFA Funding Rules apply to this funding:

Providers must respond to the priorities set by local commissioners and other stakeholders, for example, local enterprise partnerships and those combined authorities that will assume responsibility for the devolved AEB from 2019 to 2020 (subject to readiness conditions).

The Adult Education Budget (AEB) aims to engage adults and provide the skills and learning they need to equip them for work, an apprenticeship or other learning. It enables more flexible tailored programmes of learning to be made available, which may or may not require a qualification, to help eligible learners engage in learning, build confidence, and/or enhance their wellbeing.

Cambridgeshire’s Adult Learning and Skills subcontracting rationale:
• To encourage provision to learners furthest from learning
• To align the provision of learning to both national AEB priorities and Cambridgeshire County Council priorities, particularly to embed ALS provision into wider county strategies for Adult Social Care, Children’s Centres, Community Engagement and the Library Service
• To simplify our external offer to make outcomes clearer

Funding Lots available

The funding streams and targeted learner criteria for the 2018-19 academic year aim to address this rationale and provide potential sub-contractors with a clear guidelines.

Funding streams:

There are five funding streams for areas of delivery for the academic year 2018-2019:

1. Accredited Learning
We will fund certain Adult accredited qualification learning aims. Examples of funded qualifications include Functional Skills, GCSE, Awards and Certificate in Employability and Traineeships. Further information about fundable qualifications can be found on The Hub:

The Funding rate is set nationally and paid on results

Support document: Guiding Principles of Accredited Delivery 2018-2019.docx

2. Community Learning
Community Learning is available to help people of different ages and backgrounds gain a new skill, reconnect with learning, pursue an interest, learn how to support their children better, or prepare for progression to more formal courses/employment. Community learning courses do not lead to accreditation and are aimed at any learner where the targeted learner criteria would not apply.

We will pay a fixed amount for learners who are in this category. Providers will receive one payment per learner per year.

3. Targeted Learning
This funding stream is also community learning however In order to count as ‘Targeted Learning’ learners must fall into one of the ten targeted groups and provision must address the core delivery priorities set out in the Targeted Provision document. It is available to help people gain a new skill, reconnect with learning, learn how to support their children better, or prepare for progression to more formal courses/employment.

Targeted Provision Criteria 2018 - 2019.doc

The Targeted Learning category pays a higher rate for learners. We will pay a fixed amount for learners who are in this category. Providers will receive one payment per learner per year

NB: For both LOT 2 Community learning and LOT 3 Targeted learning providers MUST have their own charges and fees policy.  For more information please see our fees and charges policy here

4. Cambridgeshire Adult Learning Fund (CALF).
CALF is for non-accredited courses and programmes designed as a first step back into learning for disadvantaged learners furthest away from learning. CALF aims to help learners prepare for progression to more formal courses/employment. To qualify learners should have not attended formal education for at least 2 years.

Funding will be set at a flat rate

The Targeted Provision list applies to this funding stream.

This funding stream will be available throughout the year for providers to apply for, dependant on available funding

5. Cambridgeshire Thrives projects.
Cambridgeshire Thrives project funding is designed to allow providers to bid for a higher level of funding to support learners with multiple barriers or more intensive programmes of delivery. Throughout the year we will identify key areas where there is a need for an intervention. This intervention will be advertised as a LOT with a fixed rate of funding attached. Providers will be able to apply for this funding

Priorities for this funding stream are:
• Learners – those furthest from learning and on the Targeted Provision list
• Provision – engagement & progression – for instance closer to work, living independently
• Funding amount will be confirmed in LOT description
• Clear alignment to address one or more of the following:
            1)Cambridgeshire County Council’s Adult Social Care priorities
           2)Children’s Centres priorities
           3)Community Engagement priorities
           4)JCP priorities

Funding allocation:

Funding Streams Funding per learner per year
1) Accredited Learning Learning Aim Rates
2) Community Learning £50 per learner
3) Targeted Learning £120 per learner
4) CALF £400 per learner
5) Cambridgeshire Thrives Amount set out in LOT

Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement (RARPA) must be applied to all non-accredited programmes (LOTs 2,3,4 and 5). RARPA is a clear framework designed to support learners through the learning process, identifying key outcomes. It provides a robust approach to quality control and improvement of non-regulated provision with a focus on self-assessment that supports standards acceptable to the Office of Standards in Education (Ofsted). You can access further information from The Learning and Work Institute:

For all queries please contact us

Due Diligence

Questionnaire for all potential providers: Due_Diligence 18_19 Questionnaire.xlsx

Please send completed Due Diligence questionnaire and supporting documents to

• Completed returns: Friday 9 March 2018 for applicants wishing to start delivery from 1/8/2018
• Notification of acceptance given by Friday 16 March 2018
• Due diligence and process will stay open on website for other bidders

Application Documents

Documents will be available shortly

• Application returns: 30 April 2018
• Panel: w/c 14 May 2018
• Acceptance decision or further clarification notices communicated w/c 21 May 2018
• Contracts to be issued on receipt of signed acceptance
• All signed contracts returned from Providers by 31 July 2018

Frequently Asked Quesions

This will be updated on a regular basis FAQs 2018-2019.docx