Tees Valley

The Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) is the combined authority for the Tees Valley urban area. TVCA consists of one councillor nominated from each of the five unitary authorities (Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcare and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees) plus the elected Mayor of Tees Valley. TVCA was established in 2016 and acquired an elected mayor in 2017. The authority derives most of its powers from the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 and has powers over transport, economic development and regeneration. TVCA covers an area of 225square miles and a population of 0.7 million. 

Inspiring our future - education, employment and skills strategy 2018-21

TVCA's strategy for education, employment and skills published in 2017 explains the challenges in the area and lists some actions that will be taken to address them. The strategy covers:

  • work to support education innovation and collaboration
  • action to ensure the skills system supports business growth
  • addressing long-term unemployment
  • enterptise and careers
  • ensuring higher education contributes to economic growth

The strategy sets out outline budgets for the period from 2018-21. The expected adult education budget of £30 million a year from 2019 supplements a total of £11 million from TVCA funds to support the strategy and £38 million in European Social Funds. 

TVCA outline adult education budget funds

TVCA's plans and approach to the Adult education budget are summarised in slides presented at a briefing event in June which are available on their website here

Key points:

  • TVCA's principles will be to retain a focus on outreach and engagement; to emphasise the need to support individual progression; to connect provision with local skills requirements; to develop a stronger focus on achieving agreed outcome; to build a sustainable infrastructure that supports accessible learning and skills needs and to maximise the proportion of spend that ends up as investment in learners.
  • Work is underway to define key outcomes which will be used in the longer term to determine funding. TVCA plans to draw up an Adult Skills Plan
  • DFE has provided indicative figures suggesting a £30.5 million budget, of which £21.2 million goes to grant-funded providers and £9 million to contract-funded providers. The total allocation to colleges is £12.1 million
  • The current thinking is to
    • Minimise disruption to funding and eligibility in 2019/2020
    • Model change implications in 2019/2020
    • For 2019/2020, align all allocation processes with current ESFA timescales to negate any negative impact on providers
    • To maintain the use of the ESFA ILR in 2019/2020 to collect data and outcomes from all provider
    • To monitor delivery performance, specifically focused on adult learner outcomes and positive progression, including subcontracted delivery

•By Autumn 2018, modelling and decisions will be approved by the TVCA Cabinet and by Spring 2019, allocation and contracting agreed with providers