As part of the landmark West Yorkshire Devolution Deal, we are supporting the regions £65 million annual Adult Education Budget.

Taking over control of the Adult Education Budget means the Combined Authority will be able to make sure that skills provision in West Yorkshire supports adults to develop the skills they need to enter and stay in work, or enroll in an apprenticeship, traineeship, or other learning and meets the needs of the region’s businesses. 

AEB funding will be used to make learning more inclusive and increase the supply of skills to support key sectors, improve West Yorkshire’s resilience by identifying and delivering the skills needed for the future, and benefit the 380,000 people – or 26% of West Yorkshire’s working age population – who have low or no qualifications.

  • Are you looking to increase your skills to obtain a better job?

  • Thinking about a career change?

  • Want to earn more?

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) provides funded training for individuals seeking to improve their skills, and progress in their education, job role or career.

  • Take your first step towards a better career.
  • Talk to our team today about access to training and qualifications.
West Yorkshire has a large and diverse economy. However, it faces challenges of low productivity and pay, linked to a range of issues, including a deficit of skills and innovation.
The Covid-19 crisis has caused major disruption to the local labour market and the effects could prove to be long lasting, with implications for the role of Adult Education Budget.
 
WYCA has defined the following priorities:
  • Support the unemployed to gain and sustain employment
  • Increase the supply of skills to support key sectors in West Yorkshire
  • Make learning more inclusive to support disadvantaged residents
  • Improve West Yorkshire’s resilience by identifying and delivering the skills needed for its residence
  • Provide progression opportunities for those on low wages and with insecure work

Who can get support?

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) provides funded training for individuals seeking to improve their skills, and progress in their education, job role or career.

  • Take your first step towards a better career.
  • Talk to our team today about access to training and qualifications.

 To be eligible for the scheme, you must be:

  • Aged 19 or older
  • Living in the West Yorkshire Combined Authority
  • Employed or Unemployed
  • Individual course eligibility criteria may apply

In March 2020, West Yorkshire agreed to an ambitious devolution deal with the Government, which will see our region have a directly-elected mayor from May 2021.

The agreement, which is the biggest ever of its kind, unlocks more than £1.8 billion in investment to drive up living standards through better transport, improved skills and stronger businesses while tackling the climate emergency. This means that West Yorkshire will have control of the £63m annual Adult Education Budget (AEB) for the area enabling us to align spending on skills more closely with the opportunities and needs in the local economy.

The main purpose of the AEB is to provide adults with the skills needed for entering and sustaining employment, an apprenticeship, a traineeship, or other further learning. The funding pays specifically for learning programmes (predominantly qualifications) and provides an element of learner support funding for those with learning difficulties and disabilities.

The AEB Strategy has been developed in order to ensure that we are ready to deliver the Adult Education Budget by 1 August 2021. The plan builds on our existing strategies and the needs of our area, providing a clear foundation upon which we can build the skills of people and businesses within West Yorkshire. The timescales set out by the Government mean that it is necessary to develop the plan prior to the election of the West Yorkshire Mayor.