Adult Education Budget (AEB)
The Adult Education Budget (AEB) is a funding scheme to allow adults aged 19 and over, opportunities into education and training. AEB is a government funded programme and is accessible to a wide range of courses to upskill workers and to help and support individuals in furthering their career. The programme is intended to engage adult learners and equip learners with skills and training suitable for the workplace.
The Greater London Assembly (GLA) allocates this funding based on a set of specific criteria. TSUK has a government contract to provide AEB funded level 2 courses for over 19 year olds, should certain criteria be met. If eligible, these qualifications could be either fully funded or co-funded (a reduced fee).
To be eligible some of the criteria that must be met includes:
- Right to Work or Study in the UK.
- Employment Status and Wage.
- Any Previous Completed Courses.
**For 19-23 year olds who are legally allowed to work in the UK, courses at Level 2 & 3 can be fully funded if you haven’t already attained a qualification at that level.
Learners who are 24+ and are working may also be fully funded for their course by AEB.
Eligibility for AEB funding is based on an individual’s age, prior attainment and circumstances.
Benefits of getting an AEB funded qualification
- Gain new skills and knowledge that can be used in future employment.
- Improving job prospects and overall employability
- Reduced fees if eligible.
- Learning in a relaxed and flexible manner.
- Course materials and guidance throughout the course.
National Skills Fund
The National Skills Fund (NSF) is a programme to train adults and help them get the skills and qualifications they desire to improve their job prospects. It is part of the government’s ‘Plan for Jobs’ and removes age and financial barriers for adults who are looking to do their first level 3 qualification.
Benefits of a NSF funded course:
- Gain skills and knowledge to gain a technical certificate*
- Fully funded (if you meet the eligibility criteria).
- Improve your employability
- Be on the way to becoming a fully qualified tradesperson.
As of April 2021, any adult aged over 24 who has not previously achieved a Level 3 qualification will be able to access funding for that course. Level 3 courses are equivalent to an advanced technical certificate or diploma, or two full A levels. 19-23 year olds can also access the same courses through their legal entitlement to a first level 3 qualification.
For further information, contact Training Skills UK at + 44 (0) 203 746 1048 or visit national careers service.