Work-based learning for adults

Work-based learning for adults

WORK BASED Learning for Adults (WBLA) is a voluntary full-time training programme mainly aimed at people aged 25 and over who have been unemployed for six months or longer and are claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance or another qualifying benefit. Until 25 March 2001, WBLA was delivered through the network of training and enterprise Councils (TECs). Since 26 March 2001, WBLA in England has been delivered through Jobcentre Plus (formerly the Employment Service) as part of the provision for long-term unemployed adults. Jobcentre Plus is now part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Until 25 March 2001 the statistics came from three sources: aggregate management information returns provided by TECs; certificates that training providers completed for each individual joining a programme (starts certificates); and a postal questionnaire sent to each trainee six months after leaving the programme. From 26 March 2001 the statistics for adult learning come from Jobcentre Plus’s labour market system (LMS) and provider returns on starts and leavers certificates.

Information is published in a quarterly First Release summarising starts, leavers and numbers on WBLA by programme type. Information on equal opportunities (gender, ethnicity and disability) and regional data is also summarised in the tables. Information on outcomes is not currently available.

The latest release was issued on 30 May 2002 and is available on the DWP website at The August 2002 issue of Labour Market Trends will include a new summary table of WBLA starts and participants from April 2001, when delivery became the responsibility of Jobcentre Plus. This will replace the previous Tables F.3 and F.4.

For further information contact Russ Bentley, tel. 0114 259 6425, e-mail

Copyright The Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office Jun 2002

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