The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) allocated nearly £108 million to providers in the Kent and Medway area for 2005/06, an increase of more than 5 per cent. compared to 2004/05. This does not include the funding for work based learning or Personal Development and Community Learning (formerly Adult and Community Learning). Information on the individual funding allocations for providers dating back to 2001 is available from the LSC website. Since 1997 this funding has increased nationally by around £2.5 billion—equivalent to 48 per cent. in real terms.
Training for key skills is provided through the Key Skills Support Programme and aimed at post-16 learners. Up to September 2004, a total of 940,000 key skills qualifications had been awarded to over 570,000 individual learners.