2019/20 Adult Education Budget – Change

The total AEB spend over the three-year period 2017/18 to 2019/20 decreased by £2m overall. Spend increased by about £8 million between 2017/18 and 2018/19 but decreased by about £10 million between 2018/19 and 2019/20.

AEB Spend Change analysis by Level

Over the one-year period 2018/19 and 2019/20:

  • The most significant decreases in spend were evident in relation to Level 1 learning aims (-40%), although both Level 2 (-6%) and Entry Level (-13%) spend also decreased.
  • A marginal increase in Level 3 (+3%) spend was evident over this period.
  • Decreases were also evident in relation to both Essential skills (-20%) and Entry Level (-10%).

AEB Spend Change analysis by Local Authority

Geographical patterns of change in spend over the whole three-year period 2017/18 to 2019/20 were not even, with increases between 2017/18 and 2018/19 followed by decreases between 2018/19 and 2019/20 evident in Birmingham, Dudley, Solihull and Coventry. Some growth over the whole period is evident in Walsall and more recent growth evident in Wolverhampton and Sandwell.

AEB Spend Change analysis by Employment Status

Over the whole three-year period 2017/18 to 2019/20 the most significant decreases were evident in relation to those out of work and not looking for work/not available for work. More recently, over the one-year period 2018/19 to 2019/20, those unemployed decreased most (-19%).

AEB Change analysis by Gender / Ethnicity

The number of AEB learners increased by almost 2,800 (+8%) over the one-year period 2017/18 to 2018/19 but decreased by about -4,300 (-11%) over the year between 2018/19 to 2019/20. Although the scale of change differed, this broad trend was evident in relation to all learner groups with the exception of White learners who experienced a downward trend in participation over the whole three-year period.

AEB Change analysis by Priority Sector

Trends varied by priority sector, with numbers of learners increasing over the whole three-year period in Construction, decreases over this whole period in Engineering and in relation to both Digital and Creative and Business Professional and Financial Services, increases followed by decreases.

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