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What is the Adult Education Budget?

The Adult Education Budget (AEB) is government money set aside to provide education and training for people aged 19 and above. It aims to engage adults and provide the skills and learning they need to equip them for work, an apprenticeship or other learning. It enables more flexible tailored programmes of learning to be made available, which may not require a qualification. This will help those furthest from learning or the workplace.

You may be legally entitled to free education and training


Eligibility, do I qualify?

English and maths for those aged 19 or older

We will fully fund individuals aged 19 or older, who have not previously attained a GCSE grades A* to C in English and maths.


Individuals aged 19 to 23 (excluding English, maths and ESOL)

You may receive funding if you are 19 – 23 and are;

  • Working toward your first full level 2 qualification,
  • working toward your first full level 3 qualification
  • or working up to and including Level 2, for those who already have a level 2 and are unemployed

Individuals aged 24 or older (excluding English, maths and ESOL)

  • Fully funded provision up to and including, a national Level 2, if you are unemployed
  • Co-fund provision up to and including a Level 2 for all other learners aged 24 years and older