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Open College Network West Midlands Centres: Lifetime learning for all


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. 
How can I find out if an Open College Network qualification is eligible for funding?
The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) provide funding for different qualifications in England; details of which can be found here: To search for our funded qualifications on the Hub type OPENCOLLNETWESTMID in the box "Awarding Org Code or Name."
Adult Education Budget (AEB) Devolution
In 2015-16 the government agreed a series of devolution deals between central government and local areas, also known as Mayoral Combined Authorities (MCA's) in England.  As part of the devolution deals certain adult education functions are to be transferred from the Secretary of State for Education to the MCA's.  This means that the MCAs will take on responsibility for the AEB, so the approach to this budget will now be based on each particular region's education and training needs for learners aged 19 and above.
From 2019-20 the AEB will be develoved to the following 6 MCAs and through a delegation agreement to the Mayor of London for the Greater London Authority (GLA):
  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West Midlands
  • West of England

More information on devolution can be found on the government website.

Funding Details for 2019-20

Good News - Virtually all of our qualifications attract funding. The funding sections below provide guidance on the various funding streams that relate to our qualifications.

<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 utilise their ESFA and AEB funding budgets 
Bi- Monthly Key Note October 2019: 
Develop your study programme and curriculum offfer with these short qualfications: take advanatge of the ESFA and Adult Skills Funding for the suite of qualifications below. These qualifications have been nominated our qualfications of the month.
Catering Suite:
  • Open College Network West Midlands Level 1 Award in Catering Skills - 603/2820/4
  • Open College Network West Midlands Level 1 Certificate in Catering Skills - 603/2824/1
  • Open College Network West Midlands Level 2 Award in Catering Skills - 603/3376/5
  • Open College Network West Midlands Level 2 Certificate in Catering Skills - 603/3377/7
The Level 1 qualifications offer learners the opportunity to gain knowledge and practical skills to carry out basic cooking skills in the kitchen. Learners will practice safely and hygienically in a catering environment. Learners can build on the Level 1 qualfications by progressing to the Level 2 qualifications to further develop practical kitchen and cookery skills. See here for more details.
Food Hygiene:
  • Open College Network West Midlands Entry Level Award in Basic Food Hygiene (Entry 3) - 603/2576/8
  • Open College Network West Midlands Level 1 Award in Basic Food Hygiene  - 603/2576/8
These specific qualfications support learners to acheive a qualfication in Food Hygiene without the need for an online test. Learners produce a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate their practical skills in Food Hygiene.  See here for more details.
Free Resources: Workbooks are available for centres to use.
Take advantage of the ESFA 16 -19 funding for these qualifications!
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