What is an Adult Education Budget (AEB)?

The Adult Education Budget (AEB) programmes engage individuals to provide the skills and learning needed to be ready for work, further education, traineeship, voluntary work or an apprenticeship. We will work together to provide flexible tailored programmes of learning to help you engage, build confidence, and/or enhance your wellbeing.

The purpose of the AEB
The AEB is a funding stream from the Department for Education (DfE), managed by the ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency), to engage adults (19+ year-olds) and provide the skills and learning they need to progress into work or equip them for an apprenticeship or other learning.


The flexibility of the AEB – units and non-qualification-based learning
The AEB enables 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 flexibility means that the AEB can fund the delivery of units and non-regulated learning up to Level 2, as well as qualifications.

The Adult Education Budget is used to fund training opportunities for adults and enables providers to target and support the most disadvantaged learners.

Adult Education Budget Courses in Collaboration with
Crescent College

Functional Skills in English Level 1  

Functional Skills in English Level 2  

Functional Skills in English Level 3  

Functional Skills in Mathematics
Level 1

Functional Skills in Mathematics Level 2

Functional Skills in Mathematics
Level 3

Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner Level 2

Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) Level 3

Certificate in Health and Social Care Level 2

Certificate in Mental Health Awareness Level 2

Certificate in Principles of Customer Service (VRQ) Level 2

Diploma in Customer Service Level 2