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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 year means 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.  

AEB Procurement 

The overall commissioning approach for AEB will involve a combination of plan-led grant funding and procured provision. This tender is concerned solely with the procured activity.

As of 7th January 2019 we have issues our SSQ (Standard Selection Questionnaire) and ITT (Invitation to Tender) in unison online via the Due North portal, following a one stage 38 days process which will end on 14th February 2019. 

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


  • SSQ and ITT issued – 7th January 2019
  • SSQ and ITT deadline submission date – 14th February 2019
  • Evaluation of tender submission – February/March 2019
  • Contract award date –  April 2019
  • Full AEB devolution – August 2019

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

Market Engagement – December 2018

On Thursday 13 and 20 December we held two Procurement Workshops. The presentations and resulting questions and answers from the workshops are now available to download. 

Market Engagement Workshop – October 2018

On Wednesday 17 October 2018 we hosted a Market Engagement Workshop. The presentation and supporting documents from the workshop are now available for you to download:

Contact Details

AEB Team
Neil Cuttell         
Programme Manager Skills                                                     

Francis Lawlor     
AEB Strategy Executive

Janet Warren
AEB Partnerships Executive

Gemma Neal                                   
AEB Development Advisor

Email: AEBDevolution@cambridgeshirepeterborough-ca.gov.uk
Or call: 01480 277180

Procurement Team
Heidi Parker                      
Senior Strategic Procurement Officer     

Lesley-Ann George                        
Procurement Advisor     

Or call: 01223 458 051

Please continue to re-visit this page for updates and further information in relation to the Adult Education Budget Devolution.

Page last updated: 8 January 2019