Adult Education Budget

The government has started devolving the Adult Education Budget (AEB) to 7 combined authorities which include:

  • London – CLOSED
  • Greater Manchester – LIVE
  • Liverpool City Region – LIVE
  • Tees Valley – CLOSED
  • West Midlands (WMCA) – estimated 8th February 2019
  • West of England – LIVE
  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough – LIVE

The London, Manchester, Liverpool, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and Tees Valley AEB tenders are now live with the West Midlands set to launch at the end of January 2019!  Carley Consult have produced opportunity summaries to support our clients.  If you would like a complimentary copy please contact us on

Questions to ask yourself as a provider when considering your submission;

  1. Does your organisation need support filling in higher quality, stand out EOIs? In most regions where considerable budgets are allocated to FE and local authorities, are you positioned as stand out delivery partners with robust local knowledge?
  2. Is your organisation a prime bidder needing supplementary or full bid support and want to develop a bid with the winning qualitative edge?
  3. Are you hoping to be a subcontractor to a prime bidder?

Carley Consult have supported dozens of training providers to produce winning bids over the last decade, through ASB and now AEB. 100% of bids authored by our team of expert consultant passed the ESFA’s quality threshold in the last round of AEB bidding (2017), leading to multi-million-pound funding awards for our clients!

Key Dates

London AEB ;

Notification of Award: 24th April 2019

Contract Start: 1st August 2019

Manchester AEB:

ITT Submission Deadline: 4th March 2019

Notification of Contract Award: 7th May 2019

Contract Start: 1st August 2019

Liverpool AEB (LCRCA)

ITT Submission Deadline: 11th February 2019

Notification of Contract Award: June 2019

Contract Start: 1st August 2019

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (CPCA) AEB

ITT Submission Deadline: 14th February 2019.

Contract Award Date: Early April 2019

Contract Start: 1st August 2019

West Midlands (WMCA) AEB

ITT released: 8th February 2019

West Country (WECA) AEB

Grant application deadline: 8th March 2019

Tees Valley AEB

Notification of Contract Award: 17th June 2019

Contract Start: 1st August 2019

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