Adult Education Budget

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

  • London – LIVE
  • Greater Manchester – LIVE
  • Liverpool City Region – LIVE
  • Tees Valley – estimated early 2019
  • West Midlands (WMCA) – estimated early 2019
  • West of England – estimated early 2019
  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough – Opens on Wednesday 2nd January 2019.

The London, Manchester, Liverpool and Tees Valley AEB tenders are now live with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough launching on the 2nd January!  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 ;

SSQ /ITT Submission Deadline: 21st December 2018

Notification of Award: 24th April 2019

Contract Start: 1st August 2019

Manchester AEB:

SSQ Submission Deadline: 3rd December 2018

SSQ Result and Issue of ITT: 4th January 2019

ITT Submission Deadline: 25th January 2019

Notification of Contract Award: 28th February 2019

Contract Start: 1st August 2019

Liverpool AEB (LCRCA)

SQ Submission: 10th December 2018

ITT Release Date: 7th January 2018

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (CPCA) AEB

Market Engagement Workshop: 13th and 20th December 2018

Workshop 2:
Date: Thursday 20 December
Time: 10am – 12pm
Location: The Incubator 2, First Floor, Alconbury Weald Enterprise Campus, Alconbury Weald, Huntingdon, PE28 4WX

SSQ / ITT Release Date: 2nd January 2019.  Closing Date: 8th February 2019.

Evaluation of tender submission: February / March 2019

Contract Award Date: Early April 2019

Contract Start: August 2019

West Midlands (WMCA) AEB

To be confirmed

Tees Valley AEB

Submission Deadline: 1st February 2019

Market Engagement Workshops; 10th and 12th Dec 2018.

Services available

London AEB Support Packages

The SSQ / ITT combined response is more complex than that previously applied by the ESFA, with more questions and longer response limits. To help our clients produce high scoring individualised bids we are offering 4 support packages each of which contain a degree of resource / cost flexibility.

Package 1. SSQ Response Support. General advice and support on Sections 1 – 5.1 (c) to (g). Writing support.

Package 2. ITT General Response Support. Writing support on Parts 1,2,3

Package 3. Lot 1 (Out of Work) Specific Questions.  Writing support for Part 4 + Annex 2.

Package 4. Lot 2 (In Work) Specific Questions. Writing support for Part 5 + Annex 3.

There are options to purchase any combination of these packages.  If you are bidding for both Lots 1 and 2 and require packages 3 and 4 we estimate there is a potential time and cost saving.

If you require pricing, timescales or support please contact us as soon as possible in order for us to lock in the necessary resource into our planning.

Manchester AEB Support Package.

Procurement will follow a two stage process.  Bidders must, in the first instance submit an SSQ and following evaluation may then be invited to tender (ITT).

SSQ Response Package

General advice on Sections A to G. These relate to general supplier information.  Carley Consult can provide advice on completion

General advice / writing support on Section H: A scored section that consists of 6 narrative questions which Carley Consult will provide writing support to draft.

If you are interested in pricing, timescales or support for your SSQ response please get in touch in order to arrange a project initiation discussion and progress work on your bid.

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