Wales and Northern Ireland
The funding mechanisms
for Wales and Northern Ireland differ to the funding system in England.
The Education and Skills Funding Agency has an England-only remit, meaning that
funding for qualifications undertaken in Wales and Northern Ireland are
distributed directly to providers by Government rather than through a funding
The Qualifications in
Wales database (QiW) is the
main point of reference for all approved qualifications that are eligible for
post-16 funding in Wales.
within learning programmes must be selected from those listed on the QiW
database as eligible for funding and approved for delivery, and must relate to
the learning area of the programme.
qualifications and/or training in Northern Ireland is distributed by the Department for
Education and Learning Northern Ireland (DELNI). DELNI offers various types of funding support for learners, employers and providers, with different
eligibility criteria for each.
The Department allocates funding among the six regional further education colleges annually, who then subcontract to private training providers as and when required. The funding is primarily focused on widening access, increasing participation, addressing skills shortages, and innovation.’