Evaluation of the Impact of Skills for Life Learning: Report on Sweep 1

Publication date: 1 Jan 2005 | Publication type: Report | Theme: Education & Labour | External Author(s): Metcalf, H; Meadows, P

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This reports describes participation in literacy or numeracy courses under the government's basic skills programme, 'Skills for Life': personal characteristics, previous education and qualifications, economic activity, attitudes, motivations and the courses.

It identifies the factors affecting participation on basic skills courses, finding a greater propensity to participate amongst some ethnic minority groups, but lower participation amongst the employed, the least qualified, those with low competence in literacy and numeracy, the long-term disabled and parents. Participation also declined with age.

Keyword tags: 
basic skills, literacy, numeracy, training adults, Skills for Life, participation, education evaluation

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