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About the Adult Education Budget

The Adult Education Budget (AEB) provides residents in South Yorkshire who are aged 19 or over and not in employment, education or training, with access to free skills support and training programmes. The support can help you to secure work and build a career in some of our key sectors, such as manufacturing, healthcare, logistics & transport, construction and retail. 

Through the AEB, our employed residents can also take part in skills development programmes and training that may help you to progress in an existing job or move into a new career, traineeship, an apprenticeship or progress in your learning. 

The programmes offered through the AEB are completely free of charge to the learner and are delivered by organisations that have been carefully chosen to provide the highest quality training.  This includes Further Education colleges, local authority training providers, independent training providers and voluntary, charity and community associations. 

It’s never too late to return to education, so if you are looking to get into work or want a career change, to brush up on your Maths or English skills, or you need training to progress further in your job, we can help.

Below is a list of our approved organisations which will be delivering the fully funded training to meet your learning, development and employment needs.  

Approved Training Providers 2023/24

Back 2 Work Complete Training

Barnsley College

Barnsley Council - Adult Skills and Community Learning

Big Ambitions CIC

Bright Direction Training

Chesterfield College

DN College Group

Doncaster Council

Eden Training Solutions

Empower by Endorphins

Free 2 Learn

Good Work Skills

Longley Park Sixth Form College



RNN Group

Sheffield City Council


The Construction Skills People

The Northern College for Residential Adult Education

The Sheffield College

Workers' Educational Association (WEA)

Helping South Yorkshire to thrive

Transforming the lives of people in South Yorkshire by helping them get back into and remain in work is critical to our region’s recovery from the pandemic and a key part of our Renewal Action Plan (RAP), which sets out our road map to help our people, employers and places and put us on course to make our economy and society stronger, greener and fairer.

The Adult Education Budget is expected to help transform our region and the lives of our residents by better responding to the needs of local communities and supporting those who need it to move into work.  It will also help to upskill the workforce and provide progression pathways, enabling local people to gain the skills they need to advance into higher technical and vocational education within South Yorkshire.

To find out more about our vision for the future and the Renewal Action Plan, read our Renewal Action plan (PDF, 10Mb)