Sheffield City Region AEB Update

The Skills and Employment Board of the SCR have received a report outlining a progress update on the commissioning of the AEB provision to Sheffield City Region residents.

£36million of devolved funding for Adult Education Budget will provide the delivery of adult’s skills activities to the residents of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, and Sheffield. This provides an opportunity to align the commission of activity with the People strand of the Renewal Action Plan and to the ambitions of the SEP.

Three key areas are likely to be the focus of the procurement activity:

  • Progression Pathways: removing barriers enabling economically inactive and unemployed residents to gain the skills they need to enter and progress in work, with a focus on English, Maths and Digital.
  • Skills Acquisition: Increasing skill levels across the region at all levels, those in low paid low skilled work, upskilling and reskilling to enable in-job progressions or secure a new job/role which will be more prevalent due to the pandemic.
  • World Class Technical Education: Increasing aspiration, attainment and ambition in both our young people and adults, enabling higher-level skills and qualifications to be attained in areas of sector and occupational skills shortages.

As interventions are developed the SCR will want to see:

  • Commission activity aligned to the Renewal Action Plan to Build Back Better, and the MCA and LEP priorities of Growth, Inclusion and Sustainability.
  • Focus on places within the SCR centred on equality, aspiration and inclusivity.
  • Support a long-term journey of change – making ambitious, forward looking, evidence-based commissioning decisions.
  • Support providers and residents to focus on what can be achieved over a longer time frame e.g. 3 years.
  • Enable providers to go beyond current policies and funding rules testing / piloting new local flexibilities to inform future commissioning.
  • Secure value for money for the public purse, better outcomes for learners, and optimum social value through working collaboratively with others.

The procurement is set to run in Autumn 2020 with soft market testing taking place in September 2020 with 8-10 questions being live for 2-3 weeks. Responses will then inform the approach to commissioning for both the grant and the procured provision.

If you would like more information about the AEB and the opportunity summary for the procurement once documents are released please email or call 01302 361630.