AELP responds to Adult Skills Budget cut

The recently released Skills Funding Statement 2013 – 2016 has revealed that the Adult Skills Budget will be cut by 19%.

The majority of this reduction will be in the core Adult Skills Budget whilst other budgets such as ESF, 24+ loans and offender learning remain around the same level.   This budget settlement will affect all providers in reducing participation but the focus remains on Apprenticeships, Traineeships, English and maths and training for the unemployed.

Stewart Segal, CEO of AELP, said: “These budget reductions mean that providers have to focus on delivering high quality programmes that deliver the most benefit for employers, learners and the local economies.  The cuts come after a number of years of overall budget reductions and real term rate cuts.  Providers have responded positively and continue to deliver higher quality provision. 

“The statement recognises that providers need the freedoms and flexibilities within the contract to respond to the new challenges and we are concerned that some of those flexibilities gave been reduced by restrictions on managing the ASB contract lines introduced this year.”