Research and Reports

The future of the minimum wage – The worker perspective
31 March 2020

The future of the minimum wage – The worker perspective

The minimum wage is one of the most successful policies in recent decades. Its introduction helped nearly eliminate extreme low pay, and more recent increases have boosted hourly pay for those at the bottom of the...Read more »

What Works Unit for Learning and Work
17 March 2020

What Works Unit for Learning and Work

Evidence reviews Our reviews summarise the best available international evidence on what works in employment, learning and skills. We review the impact different interventions have had, look at what works for whom and explore why interventions...Read more »

Rent-flex evaluation ITT
11 March 2020

Rent-flex evaluation ITT

Learning and Work Institute is seeking to commission an independent evaluation of its Rent-flex trials conducted in partnership with Centre for Responsible Credit, Optivo and One Manchester Housing Associations. With funding from JP Morgan Chase Foundation,...Read more »

Skills Commission: England’s Skills Puzzle
4 March 2020

Skills Commission: England’s Skills Puzzle

The Skills Commission, of which L&W are the inquiry partner, calls on the government to give skills and lifelong learning renewed attention. This new report makes seven recommendations for creating a more coherent and responsive skills system...Read more »

Investing in ‘What Works’ in further education and adult learning
21 January 2020

Investing in ‘What Works’ in further education and adult learning

This policy brief sets out the case for a What Works Centre for further education and adult learning. Completed as part of wider work for the Social Mobility Commission. The paper sets out: the evidence for...Read more »

Improving attainment in the FE and adult learning sector
21 January 2020

Improving attainment in the FE and adult learning sector

Research completed on behalf of the Social Mobility Commission, looking at what interventions improve the level of attainment for disadvantaged students in the further education and adult learning sectors. The report sets out the main research...Read more »

Local skills deficits and spare capacity
16 January 2020

Local skills deficits and spare capacity

This report commissioned by the LGA estimates that not meeting the skills needs of employers could lead to a potential loss of £120 billion in economic output by the end of the decade. The research for...Read more »

Adult Participation in Learning Survey 2019
1 January 2020

Adult Participation in Learning Survey 2019

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, the...Read more »

Youth Commission: education and employment support for young people
8 November 2019

Youth Commission: education and employment support for young people

Previous Youth Commission reports have analysed how these challenges vary across England, and how demographic and economic changes will alter the context for and impact of these challenges. Taken together, they mean young people will have...Read more »

Parent champion programmes, a guide for family learning providers
1 November 2019

Parent champion programmes, a guide for family learning providers

Research shows that family learning produces positive impacts for adults and children from disadvantaged backgrounds by raising aspirations, increasing parental involvement in their child’s learning, improving outcomes and narrowing the attainment gap. It provides a simple...Read more »

Bridging the Gap: next steps for the apprenticeship levy
25 October 2019

Bridging the Gap: next steps for the apprenticeship levy

Apprenticeships are a great way to combine learning with earning, helping people build their careers and enabling employers to meet their skills needs. In 2017, the government introduced the apprenticeship levy in an effort to boost employer...Read more »

Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Implications for workforce development
30 September 2019

Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Implications for workforce development

A number of key thinkers from across UK further and adult education were commissioned to write short thinkpieces on the implications for leadership and workforce development of Healthy, Wealthy and Wise: the impact of adult learning...Read more »

Adult Participation in Learning Survey 2018
7 September 2019

Adult Participation in Learning Survey 2018

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, the...Read more »

Solent Jobs Programme Evaluation
22 August 2019

Solent Jobs Programme Evaluation

This report presents the findings from the mixed method evaluation of the Solent Jobs Programme (SJP), which was part of the Southampton and Portsmouth City Deal agreement with national government. SJP was funded by the European...Read more »

Youth commission: national and international case studies
20 August 2019

Youth commission: national and international case studies

This report provides case study evidence of national and international approaches to youth education and employment, comparing them to the current situation in England, and drawing out key lessons.

Cost and outreach pilot evaluation: interim findings
30 July 2019

Cost and outreach pilot evaluation: interim findings

The cost and outreach pilots are testing different approaches to outreach in engaging adults in learning, and whether offering a course fee subsidy encourages take up. The pilots are running in 5 areas: Greater Lincolnshire LEP Heart...Read more »

Working Capital Evaluation
8 July 2019

Working Capital Evaluation

Learning and Work Institute were commissioned by Central London Forward to conduct a mixed-method evaluation of Working Capital: a pilot programme of integrated employment and health support for people with disabilities and/or health conditions who have...Read more »

The Step Up Pilot: Year Three
21 June 2019

The Step Up Pilot: Year Three

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 »

Learning at life transitions
19 June 2019

Learning at life transitions

The WEA commissioned Learning and Work Institute to undertake the research, which was funded and published by the Further Education Trust for Leadership  The new Learning at Life Transitions research report provides insights into what influences adults in their decision-making...Read more »

Resources to support the development of local ESOL partnerships
29 April 2019

Resources to support the development of local ESOL partnerships

Local co-ordination of ESOL can support effective delivery of English language programmes and help remove barriers to language learning. The government’s Integrated Communities Action Plan announced new guidance on effective practice in co-ordinating ESOL provision, to...Read more »

Top tips for foster carers
17 April 2019

Top tips for foster carers

Foster carers have the opportunity to make a really positive impact on the young people they look after, including the choices they make as they navigate their way through education and towards employment. Research suggests that...Read more »

Best practice in designing and delivering pre-apprenticeship programmes
1 April 2019

Best practice in designing and delivering pre-apprenticeship programmes

Learning and Work Institute is delighted to be working in collaboration with J.P.Morgan to identify ways in which organisations can design and deliver pre-apprenticeship programmes, that provide a pathway to apprenticeships for young people, across Europe....Read more »

Time For Action: learning and skills for economic growth and social justice
11 March 2019

Time For Action: learning and skills for economic growth and social justice

The UK’s skills base has long lagged that of comparator countries and over the last decade the rate of improvement in the UK’s skills base has stalled. This is the result of cuts in public funding...Read more »

Social Metrics: Measuring the outcomes of non-accredited learning
5 March 2019

Social Metrics: Measuring the outcomes of non-accredited learning

This report sets out the results of work undertaken by L&W in 2017/18 to develop and test the use of social metrics in Adult Community Learning provision to capture a range of wider outcomes of learning. ...Read more »

Resources to support care leavers into apprenticeships
4 March 2019

Resources to support care leavers into apprenticeships

Care leavers face barriers in accessing suitable education and employment opportunities. These challenges can be financial, but also be lack of support and guidance in how to navigate through the transition from education to employment. The...Read more »

LEP Support Programme: Apprenticeship Growth
6 February 2019

LEP Support Programme: Apprenticeship Growth

ESFA are currently funding Learning and Work Institute to deliver a programme of support for LEPs to support apprenticeship growth. The programme, which is focussed around National Apprenticeships Week, includes: Support to plan and deliver your...Read more »

Developing a Jobs-Plus model for the UK
10 January 2019

Developing a Jobs-Plus model for the UK

Over the last two years, we have worked with nineteen social landlords across Britain – brought together by Give us a Chance – to develop these proposals.  They build on the highly successful Jobs-Plus model implemented...Read more »

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 »

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