Adult Skills Budget

The Adult Skills Budget is broken down in two sub-categories to ensure learning takes place in an appropriate context. These are:

  • Classroom learning
  • Workplace learning

Funding and Eligibility

An eligible learner will fall in to one of three categories for funding

  • Fully funded
  • Co-funded
  • Unfunded

Learners not in receipt of full funding are expected to pay a personal contribution where they are undertaking classroom learning. Learners that are undertaking learning aims that are fully funded cannot be charged any fees or charges, including registration, assessment or examination charges in connection with those learning aims. This includes learners in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (Work Related Activity Group)

Where workplace learning is co-funded, the learner’s employer must make a contribution towards the costs of learning. The learner cannot make this contribution unless they are self-employed and therefore act as both learner and employer

For full guidance on government contributions, please click here.

What can we fund?

The Adult Skills Budget can be used to deliver Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) units as part of the Offer for the Unemployed 2012/13. Providers can deliver fully funded units to unemployed individuals within the Adult Skills Budget in accordance with the 2012/13 Learner Eligibility and Contribution rules.

Units on Offer

Approximately 16,000 units have been made available, all within rules of combination of qualifications already confirmed for funding. Most of these units are ‘shared’ and therefore available through a range of awarding organisations (AOs).

From January 2012 a range of Entry Level 3 units will be included in the Offer for the Unemployed. These units will include vocational areas, employability and aspects of personal and social development. Providers have the opportunity to build programmes for certain learner groups which combine Entry Level units with Level 1 or 2 units, improving access to learning and vocational skills.

These units are intended to support providers in building and delivering short, coherent programmes for learners who need to gain initial skills and knowledge to enter employment, or to upgrade their skills or retrain for a new employment field. By achieving units individuals will be able to accumulate credit towards either a qualification, or as part of training and up-skilling for the type of job they are interested in.

A full list of all the units currently available under the Offer for the Unemployed can be found on the QCF section of the Skills Funding Agency website

Work Based Programmes

Workplace learning is defined as:

  • Any learning aim predominantly delivered within the work place and in connection with the learner’s occupation or employer’s business
  • An Apprenticeship Framework. For further information on Apprenticeships please visit the following page Apprenticeships
  • Basic Skills in Literacy and Numeracy delivered to an employed learner supported by their employer.

For funding purposes, all learning not defined as workplace learning is treated as classroom learning.

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