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Adult Education Budget


Since 2014, devolution deals between Central Government and regions in England have been announced.The devolution deals transfer certain powers and funding, previously held by Central Government, to Mayoral Combined Authorities (MCAs). 

Devolution of the Adult Education Budget for the 2019/2020 academic funding yearmeans that the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority will take on more responsibility to deliver quality adult education in the local area by having the duty and responsibility to deliver the government’s commitment to statutory entitlements for fully funded qualifications at Levels 2 and 3, English and Maths and the future digital entitlements for learners, free of charge. 

Transitional arrangements are in place for the 2018/2019 academic year.  During this time the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority is taking the opportunity to build and develop relationships with its provider base, setting the priorities for the use of the Adult Education Budget and planning the mix and balance of provision for its adult learner residents.


Current Activity


Over the past few weeks, the AEB team have been working closely with their Procurement Team. Having discussed in detail and taken good advice from the Procurement Team, we have decided to issue our SSQ (Standard Selection Questionnaire) and ITT (Invitation to Tender) in unison. 


A notice to this effect has been published on Contracts Finder alongside our initial Early Engagement Notice.


The decision means that the procurement process will follow a one stage process rather than a two-stage process and will also allow us to engage with the market between now and late December; a second Market Engagement Workshop is being arranged. 


By taking this decision there will be some minor amendments to the procurement process timeline initially published in our Early Engagement Notice and as presented at our Market Engagement Workshop, however we will still be committed to awarding contracts in April 2019.


We now intend to publish our SSQ and ITT on Wednesday 2 January 2019, following which will be a 38-day tendering period, closing on Friday 8 February 2019.


Evaluation of all SSQ’s and ITT’s will take place in February/March with contracts being awarded in early April. 

  • Second Market Engagement Workshop – Early December 2018
  • Standard Selection Questionnaire and Invitation to Tender issued – Early January 2019
  • SSQ and ITT deadline submission date – Early February 2019
  • Evaluation of tender submission – February/March 2019
  • Contract award date – Early April 2019
  • Full AEB devolution – August 2019 

Should you have any questions about the procurement process please contact us on AEBDevolution@cambridgeshirepeterborough-ca.gov.uk


Market Engagement Workshop

The Adult Education Budget Devolution Project Team hosted a Market Engagement Workshop on Wednesday 17 October 2018. We had 33 attendees from 29 providers; some in-county and some out-of-county.

The presentation and supporting documents from the workshop are now available for you to download:

Our Early Engagement Notice was published on Monday 1 October.


Please re-visit this page for updates and further information before, after and in relation to the Market Engagement Workshop.





Neil Cuttell - Adult Education Budget Programme Manager

Francis Lawlor - Adult Education Budget Strategy Executive

Gemma Neal - Adult Education Budget Development Advisor 

Janet Warren - Adult Education Budget Partnership Executive


Email: AEBDevolution@cambridgeshirepeterborough-ca.gov.uk 

Tel: 01480 277180