The Department for Work and Pensions and the (former) Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (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 helps BIS and DWP assess how effective training is in helping learners off benefits. We produce the data annually and it covers England.
In July 2016, the responsibility for this policy area moved from BIS to the Department for Education (DfE) and, from the 2015/16 publication onwards, the matched data are sourced from the Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) study.
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: