Supporting Unemployed Adults

Employers and educators increasingly stress the importance of attributes like versatility and self-efficacy and transferable skills such as team working and problem-solving. These can be developed through personal and social development (PSD) provision and although there is anecdotal evidence of the value of this type of provision within employment programmes, the specific elements which have the greatest impact remain unknown. We’re currently working on a project to identify how PSD provision supports learners furthest from the labour market to find and sustain employment.

With basic skills needs among benefit claimants thought to be more than double the national average, it is vital that unemployed people with English and Maths skills needs can access effective provision. Our Helpful approaches to the delivery of English and maths provision for unemployed adults, funded by BIS, investigates how unemployed adults with poor English and Maths skills can be better supported. It outlines helpful approaches and delivery formats that support skills essential to the labour market.

We also published The Work Programme: What is the role of skills? in response to concerns about the level of support offered to adults on the Work Programme to develop their skills. Our guide sets out the case for more skills support for participants as part of and alongside the Work Programme. It also provides case studies and advice on how skills support and training can be delivered by giving insight into the eligibility rules and programmes available.

Our resources on supporting unemployed adults include Managing challenging behaviour within skills provision for unemployed adults and Engaging micro-businesses within skills provision for unemployed adults.