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Evaluation of Jobcentre Plus Support for Schools programme: national roll-out evaluation

Evaluates the success of the Jobcentre Plus Support for Schools programme in nine case study areas in England. Draws on information from interviews with Jobcentre Plus schools advisers, local partners including the Careers and Enterprise Company, students receiving support and employers. Finds that: the programme has been well-received by schools and other stakeholders, and it was seen to take a flexible, school-led approach to provision that has allowed schools to fill gaps in their provision relating to post-school pathways, particularly for students at risk of becoming NEET; demand for the programme has been led by the flexibility of the offer and the programme’s focus on non-academic pathways; advisors used a variety of approaches to engage with schools, including face-to-face networking, direct contact and partner referrals; support covered activities including skills workshops, local labour market information, employer visits to schools, work experience placements, and links to apprenticeship/traineeships; a number of different models of partnership working emerged; the extent of employer involvement varied depending on the extent to which Jobcentre Plus schools advisers had pre-existing links with local businesses; and advisers were largely positive about their involvement in the programme, but felt they could work more effectively if provided with greater resources or training opportunities. Concludes that, due to the success of the programme, there will be a need to either increase resources or target resources on more specific groups in future.


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Roberts, Nick; Coulter, Alice, Kantar Public
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Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

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