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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 and we can support you in quickly finding the information you need.
The information below provides current information on the funding streams available in England and how they map across to our extensive qualification offer. We provide useful information below and accessible links to take your straight to the information you require be you an employer, training provider or learner looking for a funded qualification.

How can I find out if an Open College Network West Midlands 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 in: OPENCOLLNETWESTMID in the box “Awarding Org Code or Name” or if you are aware of it add the qualification learning aim number within the box.
The funding regulations guide for 2021 to 2022 provides the funding principles, rules on eligibility, and other regulations used in the 16-19 funding model.
Good News!
Virtually all our qualifications attract funding and the sections below provide guidance on the various funding streams that relate to our qualifications:

<16 school- Section 96 = SEND now known as the 14 to 16 offer

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


Short Qualification Offer

Many of our qualifications are classed as “short offer qualifications” attract funding and can provide ways in which we can offer flexible solutions for Centres looking to utilise their ESFA and other funding budgets. Please access this inform via this link.
The diagram below summarises the current funding streams available in England for 19+ public funding, and again how they may to our extensive qualifications offer.

CITB Grant and Funding

Good news! Funding is available for selected construction qualifications delivered by the CITB.

See their website for further information.


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