CWM have focused on growing provision across the following four sectors over the past few years: Business and Administration, Construction, Engineering and ICT/Digital.
Adult provision is funded through AEB funding, Advanced Learner Loan funding and Free Courses for Jobs funding.
Across all four priority sectors colleges have grown learner numbers steadily year-on-year. The overall growth rate over three years was over 38%.
The same steady growth is evident in AEB funded provision in the four sectors. Apart from a slight dip in learners on Business provision between 2020/21 and 2021/22, the overall growth rate was 47% over the three-year period.
Growth in learner numbers in AEB funded priority sector provision was seen across all levels of learning.
Business and Administration
There was a slight dip in AEB funded learners on Business and Administration at level 1 and level 2 between 2020/21 and 2021/22, but overall provision grew by 16% over the three years.
At higher level there was particularly strong growth in AEB and Free Courses for Jobs funded provision and a sharp decline in learning funded by Advanced Learning Loans.
Overall AEB funded Construction numbers grew by 68% over the past three years. Growth was strongest at level 2 and level 3.
At higher level the same pattern of growth in AEB and Free Courses for Job is seen along with a decline in the number of learners taking our loans.
Growth in engineering learners was 86%, with greatest growth at level 2. Numbers at Level 3 are relatively modest.
There was a strong growth in AEB funded ICT courses at entry level and level 1. Provision at level 3 was almost all funded through AEB, but this fell off slightly in the last year. Overall the growth was 85%.