Evaluating mandatory maths and English training for young jobseekers: 18-21 Work Skills Pilot

Improving the labour market outcomes for low skilled young, unemployed people is a key government target. In the 2013 Autumn Statement a new pilot was announced through which new claimants aged 18-21 who did not have Level 2 maths and/or English would be mandated to an assessment of their skills and, where appropriate, also mandated to English and maths skills intervention (which would lead to qualifications), alongside their jobsearch.

IES formed a consortium with NatCen and AlphaPlus to lead the evaluation. This large-scale, longitudinal, multi-method study involved an impact assessment, process evaluation and studies of the interventions.