Helpful approaches to the delivery of English and maths provision for unemployed adults

This report, which describes current and evolving helpful practice within English and maths provision for unemployed adults, is primarily aimed at skills providers and referral agencies but will also prove useful for funders and policy makers.

The report begins by describing partnership working between skills providers and referral agencies and approaches to initial and diagnostic assessment. It subsequently looks at the different qualifications available, the choices providers make about the format of provision and the teaching and learning approaches they adopt. The report then describes how providers are building and maintaining unemployed learner motivation and ends with a chapter on the positive impact of participation and how providers are capturing this impact. 

The report describes how providers have evolved their provision to better meet the needs of unemployed adults through the development of more intensive and personalised provision that is contextualised to help learners acquire labour market relevant skills. It also describes how provision is sometimes developed through the direct involvement of employers and is generally delivered flexibly to fit the availability of individuals when unemployed and to be accessible to them when they find work. The report discusses the positive impact of recent developments, including:

  • the increased use of e-based approaches;
  • the value of Functional Skills and QCF unit-based qualifications;
  • increased flexibility and freedoms at Jobcentre Plus; and
  • the streamlined referral process now used by Jobcentre Plus.

The report includes two in-depth case studies describing effective partnership working arrangements between Jobcentre Plus and local skills providers It also contains illustrative statements from provider and referral agents throughout. Within its executive summary and conclusion, the report makes a number of recommendations for policy makers and learning providers.