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

The Adult Education Budget (AEB) is devolved from government and to the value of £25 Million per annum. Alongside AEB NTCA have devolved Free Courses for Jobs (FCFJ) funding and these are both used to help upskill people into good work and further training.

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

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The North of Tyne  Opportunity for All AEB Strategic Skills Plan highlights the strengths, opportunities and challenges across the region and sets out key priorities for NTCA skills provision including 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 and FCFJ Provider Allocations

AEB Privacy Statement

Schedule 3 – NTCA Funding Rules 2023-2024 FINAL July 2023

NTCA Payment and Performance Management Rules AY 2023-24

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Other Skills funding streams

Skills Bootcamps

Skills Bootcamps are part of the Government’s National Skills Fund investments helping adults to gain the skills that are sought by employers, so real skills that are needed to gain or advance in a specific employment sector. NTCA has £9Milion in DfE Skills Bootcamps funding for 2023/24 


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

Skills for Growth

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

For more Information of these other skills programmes please email 

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