Research and Reports

Young Adult Carers Employment Report
27 November 2018

Young Adult Carers Employment Report

This report presents the findings from research conducted by Learning and Work Institute on behalf of the Department for Education, which aimed to gather robust evidence on young adult carers’ barriers to employment. The research explored:...Read more »

Supporting Young Apprentices: guidance for employers
15 November 2018

Supporting Young Apprentices: guidance for employers

Young apprentices can be some of the most dedicated workers, bringing fresh perspectives and new skill sets into the workforce. They provide opportunities for employers to ‘grow their own’ and develop a crucial talent pipeline for...Read more »

Learning, Work, and Health: the next 70 years
26 October 2018

Learning, Work, and Health: the next 70 years

The National Health Service was always intended as part of a coordinated package of measures linked to inequalities in housing, welfare, work, and learning. However, over the past seventy years, as demands on the NHS have grown, policies for...Read more »

New Carer’s Allowance posters for colleges
4 October 2018

New Carer’s Allowance posters for colleges

This leaflet aims to clarify the rules on claiming Carer’s Allowance and studying full-time for staff working in colleges and other learning providers. If a young person’s course requires less than 21 hours of supervised study...Read more »

Evaluation of MyGo
24 September 2018

Evaluation of MyGo

Suffolk County Council commissioned Learning and Work Institute (L&W) to carry out the evaluation of MyGo– an integrated employment and skills programme, designed to tackle youth unemployment in Suffolk, established as part of the Greater Ipswich...Read more »

Decision making of adult learners
21 September 2018

Decision making of adult learners

The Department for Education (DfE) commissioned Learning and Work Institute (L&W), in partnership with Kantar, to undertake research to understand adults’ experiences of, and decisions about, learning. This report presents the findings from in-depth interviews with...Read more »

Evaluation of Timewise Foundation’s Earnings Progression Trial
11 September 2018

Evaluation of Timewise Foundation’s Earnings Progression Trial

This report brings together the findings from the independent evaluation of Timewise Foundation’s Universal Credit earnings progression trial which was delivered between January 2014 and April 2015.

Employer engagement and capacity to support T Level industry placements
3 September 2018

Employer engagement and capacity to support T Level industry placements

IFF Research and Learning and Work Institute were commissioned by the Department for Education to better understand employers’ capacity and likelihood to offer T Level industry  placements. It also aimed to establish any challenges and barriers that employers may...Read more »

Barriers to learning for disadvantaged groups
22 August 2018

Barriers to learning for disadvantaged groups

Research shows that participation in learning can have a host of positive benefits for the individual and society, including improved health, wellbeing and productivity. Increasing and widening access to learning is crucial to our future prosperity,...Read more »

Adult Participation in Learning Survey 2017
22 August 2018

Adult Participation in Learning Survey 2017

Learning has positive benefits for individuals, communities and the wider economy . Increasing and widening access to learning is crucial to future prosperity, fairness and social inclusion in the UK. Despite the strength of this evidence,...Read more »

Supporting People with English Language Needs to Access Apprenticeships
19 July 2018

Supporting People with English Language Needs to Access Apprenticeships

A Guide for Employers, and Providers of ESOL and Apprenticeships Drawn from interviews with employers, ESOL providers and apprenticeship providers, this guide has been designed to raise awareness of ways in which ESOL learners can benefit...Read more »

Making the Transition to Adulthood: Framework and Resources for Young Adult Carers
18 June 2018

Making the Transition to Adulthood: Framework and Resources for Young Adult Carers

Learning and Work is pleased to announce the launch of a new resource for young adult carers. Making the Transition to Adulthood: Framework and Resources for Young Adult Carers. Funded by the Department for Education, the...Read more »

Targeted Support for Colleges
8 June 2018

Targeted Support for Colleges

Delivered between April 2017 and March 2018, Learning and Work Institute’s Support for Colleges project provided targeted one-to-one support for six colleges throughout England to enable them to develop an effective and embedded whole organisational approach...Read more »

All Change: Where next for apprenticeships?
4 June 2018

All Change: Where next for apprenticeships?

An essay collection with leading experts setting out ways to improve the quality of apprenticeships and ensure fair access to training. The Government’s apprenticeship reforms are the biggest in a generation and include the Apprenticeship Levy,...Read more »

Jobseeker’s Allowance sanctions early warning trial evaluation: qualitative report
31 May 2018

Jobseeker’s Allowance sanctions early warning trial evaluation: qualitative report

This report presents qualitative findings from the Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) sanctions early warning trial. The JSA sanctions early warning trial tested the effect of giving claimants facing a sanction an additional 14 days to provide evidence of compliance. The...Read more »

Exploring funding for apprentices with additional needs
31 May 2018

Exploring funding for apprentices with additional needs

Research into the effectiveness of funding to support apprentices with learning difficulties, disabilities or disadvantage. Findings from interviews with apprenticeship providers, employers and third party organisations. This report identifies areas to consider in the future development of...Read more »

European Agenda for Adult Learning
25 April 2018

European Agenda for Adult Learning

On behalf of the Department for Education and the European Commission for the European Union’s Agenda for Adult Learning, we are delivering a programme of work which spans the following themes: Adult Basic Skills, Young Adults...Read more »

Healthy, Wealthy and Wise: The impact of adult learning across the UK
20 April 2018

Healthy, Wealthy and Wise: The impact of adult learning across the UK

Since 2015, as part of our work for the European Agenda for Adult Learning, L&W and its partners across the UK have been researching and discussing the impact of adult learning. We have done  this through the...Read more »

Evaluation of Liverpool City Region Youth Employment Gateway
13 April 2018

Evaluation of Liverpool City Region Youth Employment Gateway

This report sets out findings from the evaluation of the Youth Employment Gateway (YEG), an ambitious initiative to reduce youth unemployment across the Liverpool City Region. YEG was aimed at young people aged between 18 and...Read more »

Work Programme statistics – our analysis
5 April 2018

Work Programme statistics – our analysis

DWP published statistics just before Easter from the beginning of the Work Programme in June 2011 to the end of December 2017. In this data release, we report on the two-year job outcome performance i.e. whether...Read more »

Evaluation of Community Based English Language (CBEL) provision pilots
14 March 2018

Evaluation of Community Based English Language (CBEL) provision pilots

This report sets out findings from the evaluation of pilots of Community Based English Language (CBEL) provision, a randomised control trial commissioned by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. The CBEL intervention was aimed...Read more »

Supporting Care Leavers in Further Education
14 March 2018

Supporting Care Leavers in Further Education

These resources are for colleges in England that want to review and improve their support for Looked After Young People and Care Leavers. They consist of four key parts: A guide for colleges which includes information about who...Read more »

Step Up Pilot key findings and reports
9 March 2018

Step Up Pilot key findings and reports

Trust for London, the Walcot Foundation and Learning and Work Institute (L&W) collaborated to design a pilot initiative, Step Up, trialling new approaches to help low-paid workers progress in their careers and move into better work. ...Read more »

Understanding the under-representation of women in engineering apprenticeships
7 March 2018

Understanding the under-representation of women in engineering apprenticeships

Women are under-represented in many STEM areas, but within the engineering sector the gender imbalance is particularly stark. Just 9% of the current engineering workforce is female, contributing to wider gender pay inequalities and posing significant...Read more »

22 February 2018

Exploring models for part-time and flexible apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are a key government policy to support transition to the labour market, social mobility, economic growth and improved productivity. While evidence shows that the benefits to apprentices, to businesses and to our wider economy and...Read more »

The Learning, Work and Wellbeing Toolkit
25 January 2018

The Learning, Work and Wellbeing Toolkit

The Learning, Work and Wellbeing Toolkit provides staff with practical tips and resources to support young adult carers to make informed choices about learning and work. It also includes materials to support the professional development of...Read more »

Skills Escalator Report
8 December 2017

Skills Escalator Report

This report presents findings from our evaluation of the Skills Escalator pilot.  Commissioned by the West London Alliance, the Skills Escalator is an innovative pilot designed to support working people on low household incomes to gain...Read more »

Growing traineeship programmes
5 December 2017

Growing traineeship programmes

This resource has been written for traineeship providers who want to grow their traineeship programmes, and for providers who do not yet offer traineeships but who hope to do so in the future.

20 November 2017

Apprentice Pay – Sticking to the Rules

This report presents the findings from our research and makes recommendations for improving employer awareness of and compliance with the National Minimum Wage for apprentices.

Review of Impacts of Welfare Reform Report
14 November 2017

Review of Impacts of Welfare Reform Report

Commissioned by the Local Government Association, we worked with Policy in Practice to review the cumulative impact of welfare reform on people, communities and services.

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