Guidance

19+ funding allocations

Information on how ESFA funded adult education budget, advanced learner loans, 16 to 18 traineeships and non-procured apprenticeship funding is allocated to providers.

Introduction: 19+ allocations

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is accountable for funding education and skills for children, young people and adults.

This page provides information about the following allocations:

  • ESFA funded adult education budget (AEB)
  • Advanced learner loans facilities and bursaries
  • 16 to 18 traineeships and bursaries (for providers without 16 to 19 funding)
  • Apprenticeships carry-in and non-levy apprenticeships

We are preparing for the delivery of 19+ funding allocations for the 2019 to 2020 funding year. We will publish information and updates to this page as they become available.

Allocations for the 2019 to 2020 funding year

We plan to issue ESFA funded AEB, advanced learner loans facilities and bursaries and 16 to 18 traineeships allocation statements for the 2019 to 2020 funding year by the end of March 2019.

We will upload the statements to the allocations statement tile on the Manage your education and skills funding service.

You will need one of the following roles to view your organisation’s allocation statement:

  • contract authoriser
  • contract manager
  • contract user
  • data returns and claims authoriser

Users with these roles will receive an email to say a new allocation statement is available to view.

If you need to view your organisation’s allocation statement but do not have one of the above roles, you will need to speak to your organisation’s super user or request these roles through Identity and Access Management Service.

ESFA funded adult education budget (AEB)

From the 2019 to 2020 funding year, the adult education budget will be devolved to six Combined Authorities (CAs) and delegated to Greater London Authority (GLA). More information can be found in our devolution guide.

ESFA will fund learners resident outside of devolved areas and will continue to provide funding for continuing learners both inside and outside of devolved areas (learners that were in learning in 2018 to 2019 and will not complete their programmes by 31 July 2019). 19 to 24 traineeships will remain a national programme with funding provided by ESFA.

We will issue illustrative ESFA funded AEB allocations to all AEB providers in December 2018, final allocations will be subject to a confirmed budget and issued in March 2019.

To calculate ESFA funded AEB allocations, we will use the following methodology:

A diagram to show how ESFA funded adult education budget allocations are calculated.
A diagram to show how ESFA funded adult education budget allocations are calculated.

We will manage 19 to 24 traineeships as a separate allocation line within your overall ESFA AEB allocation. We will confirm our methodology for calculating 19 to 24 traineeships allocations in March 2019.

When we issue your AEB allocation in March 2019, we will include an illustrative funding value for continuing learners. We will confirm your final allocation value in July 2019.

We will calculate your final allocation for continuing learners using your May (R10) data, we will cap this value and will set out more information on this when we issue your illustrative allocation in March 2019.

Advanced learner loans facilities and bursaries

We will confirm our allocations methodology for advanced learner loans facilities and bursaries in March 2019.

16 to 18 traineeships and bursary (providers without 16 to 19 funding)

We will confirm our allocations methodology for 16 to 18 traineeships and bursaries in March 2019.

Apprenticeship allocations

Procured non-levy apprenticeship allocations

In February 2019, we will confirm April 2019 to March 2020 allocations. We will email a letter to your organisation’s main contact.

Non-procured apprenticeship carry-in allocations

Apprenticeship carry-in allocations for the 2019 to 2020 funding year will be issued to providers in July 2019 through the Manage your education and skills funding service.

We will work out your allocation using your May (R10) data return, we encourage you to submit full and timely data at R10 as this will improve the accuracy of the carry-in allocation we work out for you.

The allocation we issue in July will include funding for apprentices that will not have completed their apprenticeship by 31 July 2019 and that started:

  1. before 1 May 2017 (under the old funding system)
  2. with non-levy employers between 1 May and 31 December 2017 (under the new funding system)
  3. with non-levy employers between 1 January and 31 March 2018 (for providers that were offered a 3 month run-down extension).

We will continue to use our standard carry-in methodology to work out your allocation.

Allocations timeline

The provisional timeline until October 2019 is set out below.

Please see ESFA Update, our weekly news bulletin for regular updates.

Month Activity
December 2018 Illustrative ESFA funded AEB allocations issued to all AEB providers through an email to our main contact and shared with CAs/GLA
February 2019 We will confirm the arrangements for apprenticeship non-levy contract extensions by emailing our main contact
February 2019 We will publish an updated version of our apprenticeship performance-management rules on GOV.UK
March 2019 ESFA funded AEB, advanced learner loans and 16 to 18 traineeships allocations issued through the Manage your education and skills funding service
April 2019 The business case deadline for ESFA funded AEB, advanced learner loans and 16-18 traineeships allocations is 30 April 2019. This is to fix significant data errors not an opportunity to request growth. We will not process any business cases received after the deadline
May 2019 We will review and process all business cases received by the deadline
May 2019 We will publish our advanced learner loans and adult education budget performance-management rules for the 2019 to 2020 funding year on GOV.UK
June 2019 We will communicate the outcomes of ESFA funded AEB, advanced learner loans and 16 to 18 traineeships business cases
July 2019 Apprenticeship carry-in allocations will be issued through the Manage your education and skills funding service
July 2019 Adult education budget continuing learners allocations will be issued through the Manage your education and skills funding service
July/August 2019 Funding agreements/contracts issued to providers. Agreements/contracts digitally signed by provider on the Manage your education and skills funding service
September 2019 The business case deadline for apprenticeship carry-in and AEB continuing learners allocations is 13 September 2019. This is to fix significant data errors not an opportunity to request growth. We will not process any business cases received after the deadline
September 2019 We will review and process all apprenticeship carry-in and AEB continuing learners business cases received by the deadline
October 2019 We will communicate the outcomes of apprenticeship carry-in and AEB continuing learners business cases

Business cases

We will run a business case process following 2019 to 2020 allocations being issued to allow you to tell us if you have experienced a significant data error that has affected the allocation we have calculated for you. More information about this process will be available in March 2019.

The deadline for ESFA funded AEB, advanced learner loans and 16 to 18 traineeships allocations business cases is 30 April 2019.

The deadline for apprenticeships carry-in and AEB continuing learners business cases is 13 September 2019.

We will not accept any cases submitted after the deadlines.

We operate a performance-management system so all providers have the same opportunities for growth therefore we will not accept requests for additional funding that are not linked to technical errors through our business case process.

Queries

If you have a query, please contact your local territorial team contact or use the ESFA online form.

Resources

Published allocations

Published 12 December 2018