Matched data for training and benefits.
The Education and Skills Act 2008 allowed the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to share analytical data. This helped BIS and DWP assess how effective training is in helping learners off benefits.
DWP and BIS set up an analytical project in 2009 to develop a matched database of records on training and benefits. The matched data provides better understanding of what training is delivered to benefit claimants, and will measure the impact of skills training. We produce the data twice yearly and it covers England.
You should not use the figures in this series out of context or in place of established statistical series describing the overall volumes and characteristics of learners or claimants. The authoritative sources of information on learning and benefits are: