Basic Skills Sanctions Pilot
Funded by: Department for Work and Pensions
January 2004 to June 2006
Background, summary and aims
- This study has the following aims and objectives:
- to measure and assess the impact of the threat of sanctions on client outcomes in terms of qualifications and employment.
- To establish if there are any differences between the qualification outcomes for clients in the national programme and pilot districts;
- to establish if the threat of sanctions has any impact on rates of attrition throughout the basic skills process;
- To identify what affect the threat of sanctions has any on clients' attitudes to basic skills training;
- To establish providers' and Jobcentre advisors' views of sanctioning in general (via the use of a Jobseeker's Direction) and sanctioning clients for non-compliance with basic skills training in particular;
- To reveal the characteristics of clients that are sanctioned;
- To understand the impact of sanctioning on the well-being of clients;
- To establish the longer-term impacts of basic skills training on labour market activity and employment outcomes in the national programme and pilot districts;
- To identify the types of jobs clients who have undergone basic skills training go into and the level of wages they demand;
To identify the extent to which clients who have undergone training utilise their
skills in subsequent employment.