Assessing the effectiveness of ESF-funded labour market programmes in Wales

This project assesses the effectiveness of European Social Fund (ESF) funding focused on developing skills for employment, asking whether or not these programmes have a demonstrable effect on the outcomes of participants. The focus of the analysis is to consider whether participation in ESF projects can be associated with an increase in the likelihood of those participants who were previously out of work gaining employment subsequent to ESF funding compared to a group of otherwise comparable people from the wider population.

Key questions

To identify which types of labour market interventions, such as careers guidance, basic skills training or training in job search skills, have the greatest impact upon participants in ESF funded training programmes. The effectiveness of these schemes will be examined among different groups of participants, such as those recently made redundant, the long term unemployed and the economically inactive.

Project lead

Rhys Davies, Cardiff University, Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (ADR Wales).

This project is funded by ADR Wales via its core grant from the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) as an ADR UK partner.

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