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Unemployed: Basic Skills

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research has been carried out into the number of benefit claimants who have undertaken basic skills training whilst in receipt of benefits and who have subsequently been assessed as having basic skills needs on completion of such training. (162360)

None. However, to address Jobcentre Plus customers’ skills barriers, the new Employability Skills programme was introduced in August 2007. This programme has been developed specifically for Jobcentre Plus customers. Measurable outcomes include gaining an employability certificate and associated job outcomes.

A joint Jobcentre Plus/Learning and Skills Council management information strategy has been developed to evaluate the impact that this training has on our customers and includes collection of data to measure retention and attrition rates together with outcome data for both qualifications and progression into work.

Jobcentre Plus continues to fund basic skill assessments and training provision for customers that are eligible for the mandatory new deal programmes.