Education & Skills Funding Agency

Education & Skills Funding Agency

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is an executive agency of the government of the United Kingdom, sponsored by the Department for Education. It is accountable for funding education and skills for children, young people and adults.


  • is accountable for £58 billion of funding for the education and training sector, providing assurance that public funds are properly spent, achieves value for money for the tax payer and delivers the policies and priorities set by the Secretary of State
  • regulates academies, further education and sixth-form colleges, and training providers, intervening where there is risk of failure or where there is evidence of mismanagement of public funds
  • delivers major projects and operates key services in the education and skills sector, such as school capital programmes, the National Careers Service, the National Apprenticeship Service and the Learning Records Service


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Integer has contracts with the Education & Skills Funding Agency to deliver various training:

  • Adult Education Budget; funding for individuals aged 19+ to undertake eligible training up to level 2
  • 19 to 24 traineeship programmes; funding unemployed young people with the skills and experience to progress to an apprenticeship or sustainable work – the traineeship involves three elements:
      • Work-preparation training
      • Work-placement, and
      • English, maths or ESOL, where necessary
  • Apprenticeships; we work with main providers to co-deliver apprenticeships in our niche sectors
  • Advanced Learner Loan facility; training for learners aged 19+ to undertake eligible qualifications at levels 3 to 6 supported by a loan