What could the future look like and what are Education Providers’ plans for their AEB funding?
Going forward it’s likely that we will see more flexibility and responsiveness in adult education provision and Adult Education Budget (AEB) allocation. AEB provision will continue to be a continuous flow of activity reflective of demands at different periods across the academic year, but Education Providers will now look to have more than one plan so they are prepared for rapid change if it was to happen again.
With the economic outlook changing so quickly, Education Providers will be looking to work more closely with combined and local authorities, and local enterprise partnerships, to ensure their provision is satisfying their priorities in supporting current labour market conditions and also future economic and social developments.
In addition, Education Providers will need to factor in the changing motivations and needs of learners, as well as the ways they want to learn. It’s likely that there will be a rise in learners wanting to study online, and we’ve heard from Centres that they are planning to teach digital skills at the start of courses, for example in ESOL courses. With this in mind there will need to be different engagement strategies in place for different types of learners.
Now more than ever adult education provision needs to continue to build resilience in adults with a focus on employability, digital skills, mental health, healthy living and minimising risk.