The Day One Support for Young People trailblazer was designed to help young people move into employment and help those who lack employment skills. It was funded by the European Social Fund. The trailblazer took place in the North and South London Jobcentre Plus districts. It was aimed at 18 to 24 year olds with less than 6 months of work history.
This report summarises findings from research with trailblazer participants. It draws on evidence from a quantitative survey of claimants, and qualitative depth interviews with claimants, Jobcentre Plus staff, providers and organisations that hosted work placements for participants.
The report looks at the outcomes and experiences for claimants who were eligible but did not start the programme and those that participated for all or part of the programme.
We have also published a preliminary impact analysis measuring whether the trailblazer has achieved its aim of helping more young claimants off benefits and into work.
We will use the findings of this research to inform future pilots and mandatory provision and programmes on how best to help young people.
The evaluation was carried out on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions by TNS-BMRB.
Authors: Alex Thornton, Dr Eleni Romanou, Sarah Hingley, Dr Andrew Thomas, Lizzie Jordan and Anna Bloch.