Issue details

Contract Extension for the Provision of Adult Community Education

Aspire Sussex, an independent, charitable, social enterprise, has been providing Adult Education and training on behalf of West Sussex County Council for six years. It provides training and support for skills and adult community-based learning under contract and funded through an annual grant to the County Council from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).


The current contract is in the first of two possible extension periods (decision OKD01 (20/21) refers). The initial contract extension period comes to an end at the end of the academic year 2021-22. The County Council has explored options for alternative adult education and community based learning and skills provision within the County but has not identified comparable service offers. It is therefore proposed to extend the contract with Aspire for a further year during which options will be explored for the future delivery of Adult Education. Some changes to contractual terms and arrangements for contract management and support to the service are also being confirmed.




Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 23/06/2021

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt  - View reasons

Decision due: March 2022 by Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills

Lead member: Councillor Nigel Jupp

Contact: Paul Wagstaff, Assistant Director (Education and Skills) Email: Tel: 033 022 26591.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills, via the officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken

Democratic Services Contact: Wendy Saunders Tel: 033 022 22553


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