The Role of Skills in the Transition from Worklessness into Sustainable Jobs with Progression

D Devins, T Bickerstaffe, A Nunn, B Mitchell, Ronald McQuaid, Valerie Egdell, Colin Lindsay

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


This report is one of a suite of research outputs commissioned under the National Skills Research Strategy in 2010-11. The study reviews evidence on the role of upskilling as a lever in supporting the transition from worklessness to sustainable employment with progression. The report includes a review of the quantity and quality of low paid work and the nature and outcomes of skills interventions and policy in the UK and abroad.

The report argues that there is an inextricable link between skills and „better jobs‟. The report explores the challenges and opportunities for employers, individuals and stakeholders to enable those at risk of labour market exclusion and those with low skills working in low paid jobs to achieve progression in the labour market. The authors conclude that a long-term view is required to decide how best to support someone at the point of worklessness: to address employability barriers in the short-term; and prepare the individual to retain, and progress in, employment. The concept of career is explored as a framework for progression: a combination of career guidance, a career / personal development plan and career management skills are identified as tools to raise aspiration and enable individuals to take action once they are in work to support their own progression.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUK Commission for Employment and Skills
Number of pages146
ISBN (Print)9781906597757
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2011


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