Evidence of effectiveness
From the 2016 impact assessment evaluation report, it was found that sector-based work academies reduced the time 19-24 year-old JSA claimants subsequently spent on benefits, and increased the time they spent in employment. The more positive effects of moving participants off benefits and into work were found, as opposed to moving off benefits and into non-work destinations, which may be less sustainable. The results also suggested that the positive impact of participation extended beyond the observed 18-month tracking period.
From the 2016 impact assessment, the employment impact was greater for participants of all three elements of the programme (pre-employment training, specific to the needs of the chosen business sector; work experience placement; and a guaranteed job interview for participant, where the work experience element is optional in some cases). According to the report, for the 2012/13 cohort, the individuals who had completed all three elements spent on average 64 more days in employment and not in receipt of benefits, relative to the matched comparison group during the year and a half after a placement start. Additionally, where the sector-based work academy included a work placement, 42% of participants were offered a job upon completion. Nine in ten job offers were accepted. Benefits have exceeded expectations, as they continued past the tracking period and the instrument was proven to have long-term impacts. There were no additional costs, and a cost-benefit analysis suggested that the programme was efficient.
Engagement of stakeholders
Jobcentre Plus support is in place to ensure that each participant (employer/programme attendee) provides and receives the appropriate training. Advisors are also in place throughout each academy's implementation. Additionally, The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP’s) National Employer and Partnership Team use their contact with national employers to secure suitable job vacancies under the instrument. Local employers, colleges, training providers or local business partnerships are also informed of the programme and able to directly approach the DWP.