To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of residential training colleges in providing access to employment to those with complex disabilities.
Liz Sayce's 2011 report “Getting in, staying in and getting on” found that approximately one quarter of residential training places that DWP funded in 2009-10 led to a job outcome, of which two thirds become sustained job outcomes. The report also found that some residential training colleges had impressive links with local employers to help deliver highly work-focused training programmes.
The review also identified residential training as the most expensive specialist disability employment programme and that this large disparity in unit costs across employment programmes could not be ignored.
We recognise the valuable support residential training can provide and want to ensure that this support continues to be available. We are currently exploring options to improve this provision for our customers and are working closely with the nine residential training colleges.