North of Tyne Combined Authority controls a £25 million per annum Adult Education Budget

The North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA) has control of an annual £25 million Adult Education Budget (AEB) from government. Alongside our other Skills programmes, AEB is being used to help upskill people into good work and further training.

Having control of the devolved AEB is allowing NTCA to match the skills and training on offer to the jobs available now and in the future across Newcastle, Northumberland and North Tyneside.

We work closely with providers to ensure a high-quality adult skills offer is available which focuses on achieving outcomes directly linked to local skills needs, helping residents to improve their quality of life and ensuring that North of Tyne employers can access residents with the skills their businesses need to grow and thrive.

We believe in opportunity for all, removing the barriers which make it difficult for people to take up employment and training opportunities. We are investing the AEB to empower our people with the skills and resources they need to take ownership of their futures and secure good jobs with fair living wages.

The NTCA AEB is funding providers to deliver a range of provision targeting employed and unemployed residents to upskill in maths, English, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), digital skills and full Level 2 and Level 3 vocational programmes required for work.

The North of Tyne AEB Strategic Skills Plan highlights the strengths, opportunities and challenges across the region and sets out key priorities for the devolved AEB to ensure it supports the needs of our residents and businesses, and creates a collaborative system of place-based curriculum, wrap-around support and a clear focus on progression.

AEB Provider Allocations

AEB Privacy Statement

AEB presentation to NTCA Cabinet November 2021

AEB Case Studies

NTCA Funding and Performance Management Rules AY 2022-2023

Post16 Skills Framework launch Nov 2022 presentation

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Other Skills funding streams

Skills Bootcamps

Skills funding has been delegated to NTCA from the Department of Education (DfE), it comprises of ‘Free Courses for Jobs’ and ‘Technical Bootcamp’ funding.


The Combined Authority receives funding to deliver the governments adult numeracy maths focussed programme, ‘Multiply’, funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF).

In two years’ time NTCA will start commissioning the ‘People and Skills’ element of UKSPF.

The NTCA Investment Fund also support Skills programmes and learning activities to support our wider projects and investments.

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