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Open College Network West Midlands Centres: Lifetime learning for all


Welcome to our Funding Page for 2018 to 2019:
Navigating a clear pathway through the complex world of funding information can be challenging, but Open College Network West Midlands can support you in quickly finding the information you need. The diagram below represents the current funding streams available in England for 19+ public funding, and how they map across to our extensive qualifications offer. In addition to this we provide useful information below to guide you with a range of links which take you straight to the information you may require. 
The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) provide funding for different qualifications in England; details of which can be found here: search for our funded qualifications on the Hub type OPENCOLLNETWESTMID in the box "Awarding Org Code or Name."
Funding Details for 2018-2019

Good News - Virtually all of our current qualifications attract funding in 2018-2019. These funding sections below are for guidance and we will update them in line with funding updates. 

<16 school-Section 96+SEND

16-19 Study Programme

19+ including 19-23 entitlement funding and 19+ local flexibility funding

Advanced Learner Loans

Adult Education Budget (AEB) / English and maths Entitlement Funding

ESF Funding

We are also here to support our Centres in preparing for the regional devolution of the Adult Education Budget for 2019-20
  • Also see our Short Qualification Offer for ways in which we can offer flexible solutions for Centres looking to utlise their ESFA and AEB funding budgets 
Monthly Key Note: 
Open College Network West Midlands offer a broad range of qualifications, which have been approved by the Education and Skills Funding Agency for Advanced Learner Loans. In order to advise your learners who wish to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to complete a chosen qualification (Level 3 and above), please direct them to this link.
To get ahead in planning for your delivery of adult education in 2019 to 2020 please see the draft guide of the ESFA funded adult education budget (AEB) rules for 2019 to 2020. These rules will apply to all providers of education and training who receive adult education budget funding from the ESFA. There is also information on the Devolution of adult education functions, which come into place on 01 August 2019 and how it applies based on your geographical location. Access the draft guide information here.
June 6th - 12th June is National Food Safety Week, to stay ahead and ensure your Food Safety and Hygiene standards are outstanding, please access our qualifications which cover Food Hygiene and our Retail and Commercial Enterprise Suite of qualifications, some of these also fall under our exciting Short Qualification Offer.
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