GLA launches COVID-19 Response Fund

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Greater London Authority is launching the ‘Skills for Londoners COVID-19 Response Fund’ to help Adult Education providers meet the needs of London’s adult learners and communities.

The £9m of Adult Education Budget (AEB) funding pledged by the Mayor of London will be used to ensure Londoners can continue to develop skills to access new employment opportunities, gain confidence in digital skills, and support the broader social and economic outcomes of participation in learning.

The fund aims, in particular, to help providers meet the training needs of the following key groups:

  • Furloughed workers and the self-employed whose incomes fall below the London Living Wage as a result of COVID-19
  • Those made redundant as a result of COVID-19
  • Key workers requiring additional training to meet the changing demands of their roles
  • Learners who are at risk of digital exclusion

Two strands of activity will be supported by the fund:

Strand 1: Supports additional provision to meet the immediate demand for learning and skills. AEB grant-funded providers can apply for an additional grant allocation of at least £100,000 and up to £500,000 at most. The deadline for bids for this strand is 31 May 2020.

Strand 2:  Supports one-off grant allocations to aid the costs of capacity building in the London skills sector. This strand is open to applications from both AEB grant- funded and procured providers. The value of grants available will be determined based on the provider's AEB allocation/ contract for 2020/21. The deadline for bids for this strand is 30 June 2020. 

Click here to read the full prospectus and to download the relevant application forms.

OCN London qualifications ideal for Strand 2 funding

OCN London qualifications which support the Adult Education Budget

Digital Skills

Health and Wellbeing

Supported Learning/SEND


Prevent Duty, British Values and Safeguarding

Leadership Skills

We can support the online delivery and assessment of OCN London qualifications with a range of interactive support materials. You can find a full list of qualifications with support materials here.

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