Evaluating Integrated Employment and Skills (IES) Trials

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), Jobcentre Plus, the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) and the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) were working together to develop a new integrated employment and skills system to diagnose the skills needs of people seeking work, and ensure they receive relevant training, not just while they remain unemployed but once they get into work as well. The new system (which goes by the familiar acronym of IES) was being trialled in a number of Jobcentre Plus areas over the year. The Institute was commissioned by the DWP to evaluate the trials, and to develop a comprehensive evaluation strategy for the rollout of the new system.