By Emma Drever and Cheryl Lloyd
The European Social Fund (ESF) cohort study explores the longer-term outcomes of the training and advice provided through ESF. ESF provision comprises a range of courses and training for helping people into jobs and provision for upskilling employees.
Wave 1 of the ESF cohort study took place between April and September 2009, and included interviews with 10,947 ESF and match participants. Wave 1 participants were then re-contacted between January and March 2010 for Wave 2 of the study. For the second wave, interviews were achieved with 7,400 participants.
NatCen was commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to carry out the study in 2008. The research was part-funded by European Social Fund technical assistance under the 2007-13 England and Gibraltar ESF programme evaluation strategy. This report contains the findings of the Wave 2 survey. The report has a specific focus on the outcomes of ESF provision, looking at whether participants have entered employment or progressed in their existing jobs following the interventions.
The evaluation was part-funded by ESF technical assistance under the 2007-2013 England and Gibraltar ESF programme evaluation strategy.
The findings are based on a representative sample of 1,654 adults in Great Britain aged 18-69.