Our Contracts and Funding

Our contracts, projects and funding

Our goal is to transform lives through the delivery of training and skills.
Below are our projects as per commissioner stream that allow us to do this.

Education and Skills Funding Agency

The ESFA brings together the former responsibilities of the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to create a single agency accountable for funding education and skills for children, young people and adults.

ESFA is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department for Education.


  • is accountable for £58 billion of funding for the education and training sector, providing assurance that public funds are properly spent, achieves value for money for the tax payer and delivers the policies and priorities set by the Secretary of State
  • regulates academies, further education and sixth-form colleges, and training providers, intervening where there is risk of failure or where there is evidence of mismanagement of public funds
  • delivers major projects and operates key services in the education and skills sector, such as school capital programmes, the National Careers Service, the National Apprenticeship Service and the Learning Records Service

Adult Education Budget (AEB)

The AEB aims to engage adults and provide the skills and learning they need to equip them for work, an apprenticeship or other learning. It enables more flexible tailored programmes of learning to be made available, which may or may not require a qualification, to help eligible learners engage in learning, build confidence, and/or enhance their wellbeing.

The purpose of this provision is to ensure that capacity is in place to provide skills support to  unemployed individuals on benefits who are looking for work but face a skills barrier to entering the labour market.

Training and Skills which may include regulated units and qualifications in the training offer in order that individuals can build upon, once in employment. However, the training must respond to an individual’s skills needs and all support must be delivered in the context of a personalised skills training programme whose objective is to secure a job outcome.

We work in partnership with a number of local and national employers such as Tesco, National Grid, The Banks Group and Wates Construction as well as Job Centre Plus, National Careers Service and other referral partners delivering a variety of training programmes providing unemployed individuals new skills to move them into work.

Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and European Social Fund (ESF)

The ESFA is a co-financing organisation matching European Social Fund and domestic public funding Contract other organisations known as providers to manage European Social Fund projects.
The ESF invests in people, with a focus on improving employment and education opportunities across the European Union. It also aims to improve the situation of the most vulnerable people at risk of poverty.

The ESF is Europe’s main instrument for supporting jobs, helping people get better jobs and ensuring fairer job opportunities for all EU citizens. It works by investing in Europe’s human capital – its workers, its young people and all those seeking a job. ESF financing of EUR 10 billion a year is improving job prospects for millions of Europeans, in particular those who find it difficult to get work.

The European Union is committed to creating more and better jobs and a socially inclusive society. These goals are at the core of the Europe 2020 strategy for generating smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in the EU. The current economic crisis is making this an even more demanding challenge. The ESF is playing an important role in meeting Europe’s goals, and in mitigating the consequences of the economic crisis – especially the rise in unemployment and poverty levels.

it is funding tens of thousands of local, regional and national employment-related projects throughout Europe: from small projects run by neighbourhood charities to help local disabled people find suitable work, to nationwide projects that promote vocational training among the whole population.

There is a great variety in the nature, size and aims of ESF projects, and they address a wide variety of target groups. There are projects aimed at education systems, teachers and schoolchildren; at young and older job-seekers; and at potential entrepreneurs from all backgrounds. People are the focus of the ESF.

The National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund is matching funds from the European Social Fund for projects across England that tackle poverty and promote social inclusion.

The National Lottery Community Fund is matching funds from the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020 to invest in local projects tackling the root causes of poverty, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth.

Building Better Opportunities (BBO) projects will support more than 100,000 people overall. The programme will help these individuals to overcome multiple complex needs, build confidence and resilience, and become less isolated from their local communities.

HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) CFO

Delivers projects aimed at improving employability which are seen as key to changing offender’s lives and reducing reoffending.

Working with a range of providers and sub contractors, the HMPPS Co-Financing Organisation (CFO) helps offenders and ex-offenders access employment services assisting them to gain employment.


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