Research and Reports

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 the 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...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 »

Targeted Support for Colleges
8 June 2018

Targeted Support for Colleges

Delivered between April 2017 and March 2018, Learning and Work’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 to...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 »

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

New Report: 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.

Integrated Employment Support: service design ITT
5 December 2017

Integrated Employment Support: service design ITT

We are inviting tenders from a suitable qualified and experienced contractor to deliver a package of service design support, to enhance the development of new locally delivered integrated employment support programme. Download our ITT for more...Read more »

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.

Skills Audits for Asylum Seekers and Refugees: A Practitioner’s Manual
12 September 2017

Skills Audits for Asylum Seekers and Refugees: A Practitioner’s Manual

As part of ASSET UK, NIACE developed a manual for practitioners and programme managers in order to aid their understanding of the requirements, necessary knowledge and practical means to undertake skills audits with asylum seekers and...Read more »

Carer’s Allowance leaflets and posters
4 September 2017

Carer’s Allowance leaflets and posters

These posters and leaflets have been developed in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions and members of the National Policy Forum for Young Adult Carers. They are designed for learning providers and carers services...Read more »

Citizens’ Curriculum Coaching Guide
30 August 2017

Citizens’ Curriculum Coaching Guide

This resource offers practical guidance on how to use non-directive coaching techniques to support and add value to the Citizens’ Curriculum approach.  It will be particularly useful in supporting learners to develop a range of Citizens’...Read more »

Work Placements – a call for evidence
30 July 2017

Work Placements – a call for evidence

We were commissioned by DfE to work in partnership with Fair Train to conduct a call for evidence to understand what effective practice in work placements looks like

Best practice in designing and delivering Public Sector apprenticeship programmes case studies
25 July 2017

Best practice in designing and delivering Public Sector apprenticeship programmes case studies

Our case studies include examples of good practice and different approaches taken by a range of public sector organisations. In a hurry? Read the 2-page summaries below of the approaches being taken by public sector organisations....Read more »

Citizens’ Curriculum Participatory Resource Pack
13 July 2017

Citizens’ Curriculum Participatory Resource Pack

This resource, developed by L&W and EFA London, offers practical guidance on how to use participatory techniques to support and add value to the Citizens’ Curriculum approach. It focuses on language (English for Speakers of Other Languages...Read more »

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