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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.

Qualification Funding 

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 
Funding Key Note: Access to HE:
***Top Government Priority to recruit 50K nurses***
Our Health and Midwifery Access to HE Diploma's are available for classroom delivery or fully on-line to help providers achieve this national target for nurse recruitment.
New Government Training Grant funding now available, read the news article and listen to Health Secretary Matt Hancock explain the new funding available - click here.



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