Funding for adult education (excluding apprenticeships) has nearly halved since 2009/10. Participation rates have suffered similarly, seeing a 49% decline since 2004. As Britain faces up to the growing COVID unemployment crisis, remedying the decline in funding and provision of skills and training will be essential for helping workers back into good jobs.
This report explores the role that adult education does and could play in improving the labour market outcomes of low-income households. It draws on desk research, quantitative analysis and in-depth interviews with both participants and non-participants in adult education from low-income households, and provides a series of policy considerations (see slide 8 below).