Entry to Employment (E2E) is an innovative learning programme which is part of the work-based learning route and funded by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). It is designed to provide opportunities for young people aged 16 and over who are not yet ready or able to take up a Modern Apprenticeship or further education or to move directly into employment. Following the E2E pathfinder phase during 2002/2003, the national establishment of the E2E programme commenced in August 2003. The results reported here are key findings from research carried out by the NFER between February and July 2003 examining E2E participants' perceptions and experiences.
- Young people became aware of E2E most commonly via Connexions or the Careers Service, which referred them to providers.
- The main reason for young people joining E2E was to find employment. Other common reasons related to obtaining qualifications, gaining access to further learning, personal development, financial benefit, and basic or key skills development.
- Although many young people had very low expectations of E2E, owing to negative experiences of prior education and training, most reported that it had been much better than expected.
- Participants most appreciated E2E programmes that met their individual needs and which included outward-bound activities, team building exercises, IT, and help in finding jobs.
- Most participants reported having a positive experience on work placement.
- Most participants were very positive about the personal support and practical help that they had received from provider staff. They particularly valued developing a relationship of trust with one person who could help them to deal with issues and problems.
- Participants indicated that they had made several gains from their involvement from E2E, including increased self-confidence, improved communication skills, IT skills and better team working skills. However, fewer reported improvements in their basic skills of literacy and numeracy.
- Most E2E participants considered that they were more likely to get a job, had a better idea of what work is like and had developed useful work-related skills.
- Almost all E2E learners reported that they had a better idea of what to do next as a result of taking part in the programme. The majority of these hoped to move into employment, while others intended going onto work- or college-based further education or training.
How to cite this publication:
Spielhofer, T., Mann, P. and Sims, D. (2003). Entry to Employment (E2E) Participant Study: Final Report. London: LSDA.