Research and analysis

Further Education Funding Changes Relating to Incentives for Training Unemployed Learners: Research on the Impact

How colleges and training providers responded to funding eligibility changes in academic year 2011 to 2012. BIS research paper number 96.



Reports research assessing how colleges and training providers have responded to the funding eligibility changes relating to unemployed and disadvantaged groups in the 2011 to 2012 academic year. This includes reviewing how colleges and training organisations have used the 2.5% of their Adult Skills Budget to build capacity for achieving job outcomes for their learners.

In particular the research looked at providing training for:

  • unemployed learners claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) and the Employment and Support Allowance Work Related Activity Group (ESA (WRAG))
  • disadvantaged groups claiming benefits other than JSA and ESA (WRAG).

For the group on benefits other than JSA and ESA (WRAG), the report specifically looked at those who have skills below Level 2, plus at least one additional barrier to learning and work, including:

  • disability or learning difficulty
  • English language barriers
  • offenders
  • homeless people
  • being under 25

The report is based on interviews with 51 further education colleges and training organisations, conducted at two points during the academic year 2011 to 2012. The interviews were supported by analysing Individualised Learner Record (ILR) data.

Published 21 March 2013