Policy paper

Skills funding letter: April 2016 to March 2017

Sets out the funding priorities and available budget for the further education and skills sector for the 2016 to 2017 financial year.


Skills funding letter: 2016 to 2017


The skills funding letter is published annually and sets out the government’s funding priorities for the skills system. It includes information for the Skills Funding Agency to set provider allocations for 2016 to 2017, and indicative budgets through to 2020.

The 2016 to 2017 letter sets out an ambitious programme of reforms to the technical and professional education system, putting more power in the hands of employers and learners.

The government is funding high quality provision that gives good value for money, and concentrates on young adults, the low skilled and those who are unemployed.

Published 15 December 2015
Last updated 16 December 2015 + show all updates
  1. Update to paragraph 2 on page 2, total spending power of the FE sector to support participation will increase in cash terms by 40% compared with 2015 to 2016.

  2. First published.