ESFA non-devolved Adult Education Budget (AEB) Subcontracting Opportunity EOI

16th February, 2024 Read time: Two minutes

Futures is inviting organisations to Express an Interest to be taken on as subcontractors as part of the delivery of our Adult Education Budget (AEB) ESFA contract. We are seeking up to 3 partners for £600,000 of AEB, with no provider taking on less than £200,000 to deliver in the non-devolved areas of the East Midlands (excluding Nottingham and Nottinghamshire) and East of England regions.

This includes the following areas:

  • Derby and Derbyshire
  • Leicester and Leicestershire
  • Lincolnshire (excluding North and North East Lincolnshire)
  • Norfolk and Suffolk
  • Hertfordshire
  • Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, and Milton Keynes (SEMLEP)
  • Essex (including Thurrock and Southend)

Futures is an Ofsted rated ‘Good’ provider of expert Adults Skills and Training as well as Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding for our Careers Information, Advice and Guidance. We operate across the East Midlands and the East of England with a focus on the Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, and north Leicestershire area. With over 20 years’ experience delivering careers, employment, and training programmes, Futures has helped thousands of people into sustainable employment, improved educational attainment, and successful careers.

Our intention through this procurement is to continue to support our learners through working with organisations, which can supplement and enhance our existing offer of accredited training courses.

Through this EOI, we are seeking partners who can provide training delivery in the following ESFA approved Sector Subject Areas (SSAs):

  • Preparation for Life and Work
  • Health, Public Service, and Care
  • Business, Administration and Law
  • Retail and Commercial Enterprise
  • Education and Training

Partners should also ensure their deliver aligns with the Local Skills Improvement Plan objectives within their proposed LEP area of delivery. Through this delivery Futures would set forth the initial terms and conditions of the subcontract arrangement:

  • A sum of no less than £200,000 of eligible funding claims to be made no later than 31st July 2024.
  • A minimum of £100,000 (50% of contractual allowance) to be allocated to SWAP related activity ensuring all evidence requirements are met as set by the ESFA funding regulations for Learner Evidence files.
  • Subcontracting providers will be responsible for the sourcing and enrolling of all participants as well as conducting eligibility checks in accordance with ESFA funding regulations (including the completion of compliance documentation to support funding claims)
  • Subcontracting providers will be responsible for:

a. Internal quality assurance of all qualifications

b. Registration and certification of all qualifications with relevant awarding bodies

  • Futures to be responsible for all:

a. Management and submission of all learner data as required by the ESFA.

Details submitted in this Expression of Interest are required to help us evaluate the appropriateness of your organisation to be offered a sub contractual agreement. We will contact organisations we wish to work with to negotiate an SLA and request more information to complete our due diligence process in accordance with both our own and ESFA requirements for subcontracting.

Please return your form in word document format.

Once completed the form should be sent electronically to along with copies of your safeguarding and prevent policies and organisational chart including delivery and quality assurance to arrive by 23:59 on Friday 1st March 2024.

Delivery for all subcontracting work will commence from 1st April 2024

Futures EOI AEB Subcontract Feb 2024 Application