Research and analysis

Learning for those not in employment: economic and social benefits from further education and skills

Research exploring the value of learning for people who are not employed. BIS research paper number 127.


Economic and social benefits associated with further education and skills: learning for those not in employment - data

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This report shows the results of a survey of 2,000 adult learners who had studied a further education course in the academic year 2010 to 2011. The survey looked at:

  • why learners were doing the course
  • what they felt about the quality of the course
  • what impact the course had: economic impacts eg getting a job, a better job or better pay prospects, and social impacts such as improved confidence, motivation to learn and general wellbeing

The research found that many people without a job are motivated to learn to improve their job prospects. They often find out about learning by themselves or with the help of Jobcentre Plus. Learners were very satisfied with their course and felt it helped them get a job and improved their confidence and motivation to learn in the future.

Published 28 August 2013