Skills Funding Agency

The Skills Funding Agency, as a partner organisation for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, funds and regulates adult further education and skills training in England. As part of this remit, the Skills Funding Agency, approves qualifications for government funding.

To find the latest information as to which of the SFEDI Awards qualifications are funded by the Skills Funding Agency click here or alternatively contact the SFEDI Awards Customer Service Team who will be delighted to support you. If you would like to talk to one of our Customer Service Team members you can contact them on [email protected] or 0845 224 5928.

Education Funding Agency

The Education Funding Agency is the Department for Education’s delivery agency for funding and compliance. Within this role the Education Funding Agency provide revenue and capital funding for education for learners between the ages of 3 and 19.

To find the latest information as to which of the SFEDI Awards qualifications are funded by the Education Funding Agency click here or alternatively contact the SFEDI Awards Customer Service Team who will be delighted to support you. If you would like to talk to one of our Customer Service Team members you can contact them on [email protected] or 0845 224 5928.

Please note that SFEDI Awards does not have access to direct funding contracts ourselves and so funding will be dependent on your organisation either holding a contract with the appropriate funding agency or entering into a sub-contract arrangement with a contract holder.

Useful Links

Qualifications Eligible for Funding – to access up to date information regarding all qualifications that have been approved for public funding you should use the Hub provided by the Skills Funding Agency available by clicking here.

Local Flexibilities – Qualifications at Level 2, not eligible for the legal entitlement will still be eligible to be funded through the local offer. The local offer is expected to be the majority of the delivery of the Adult Education Budget and from 2017-2018, the SFA will begin to devolve these funds down to a local level.

When that occurs, providers will begin to develop Delivery Outcome Agreements with their LEP or Combined Authorities (whichever body becomes responsible for the devolved funds) for delivery of Level 2 and below qualifications that meet local priorities.

The SFA have published information on qualification eligibility principles for the Local Flexibility offer and that information can be found by clicking here.

Advanced Learner Loans – For learners that already have a first full Level 2 or Level 3, any further learning that isn’t an apprenticeship, at Level 3 to Level 6 will be funded by a Advanced Learner Loan system.

We are currently developing a range of qualifications further enhancing the availability of SFEDI Awards enterprise qualifications through the Advanced Learner Loan system and will keep updating centres through our monthly newsletters. Further information as to which qualifications are eligible for funding through the Advanced Learner Loan system can be seen here.

The SFA have also published funding rules specifically for Advanced Learner Loans for 2016/17 and provider information. That information can be found on the link below.

Further Information about SFA funding for 2016-2017 can be found on the funding rules pages here – SFA Funding Rules