The Impact of Learning on Unemployed, Low-qualified Adults

A Systematic Review

Dench S, Hillage J (IES), Coare P (CCE, University of Sussex) | Research Report DWPRR 375 | Department for Work and Pensions | Jul 2006

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The report presents the findings of a systematic review of the impact of learning on low-qualified, out-of-work adults. It also discusses the methodology adopted and the process through which relevant literature was identified.

There is a long tradition of subsidising education and training for low-qualified, out-of-work adults, although the evidence on returns to adult learning, especially for this low-qualified group is not clear.

This review aimed to contribute to a better understanding of whether training or learning works and leads to positive employment outcomes for those who are out of work and who have no or few previous qualifications.