Second Work Programme evaluation published

22nd March 2013

The second official Work Programme evaluation report – published by the Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion – goes part of the way to explaining some of the challenges faced by Work Programme providers in terms of establishing partnerships with learning providers.

As NIACE anticipated, the evaluation team has found that:

  • The differential pricing model does not sufficiently encourage providers to support the most disadvantaged participants.
  • Providers have had difficulty in bearing up-front costs.
  • The difficult economic environment is affecting providers’ ability to obtain job outcome payments.

Rob Gray, NIACE Project Officer, said:

“These three factors go part of the way to explaining why some Work Programme providers have found it a challenge to set aside even the small amount of resource required to establish partnerships with learning providers, so that their Work Programme participants can access skills provision funded from the adult skills budget. It is therefore crucial that steps are taken to support Work Programme providers to make links with learning providers as recommended in NIACE’s recent publication, The Work Programme: What is the role of skills?