Evaluating the impact of employability skill training on the self-efficacy of disadvantaged adults

Dara Mojtahedi, Rosie Allen , Ellie Jess, Maria Ioannou, John Synnott

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Physical, mental and circumstantial hardship (e.g., disabilities, traumatic experiences, and homelessness) can create significant barriers to securing employment and diminish disadvantaged individuals’ self-efficacy further. Employability training programmes offered by governments and charities provide skill training and work placements. In addition to improving employability options, such programmes also have the potential to improve the general wellbeing (e.g., self-efficacy) of disadvantaged individuals, however, reliable longitudinal evaluations of the psychological benefits of such programmes is limited. The present study evaluated the impact of an employability programme offered to disadvantaged adults in North-West England on self-efficacy. Additionally, the authors explored risk factors associated with programme disengagement to identify at-risk groups that require further support with programme engagement. Longitudinal data from 308 programme users were analysed, with results demonstrating that the employability programme engagement significantly increased self-efficacy scores. Additionally, the findings suggested that individuals with mental health and learning difficulties were more likely to disengage with the programme. The findings demonstrate that employability programmes can have a positive impact on the wellbeing of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, however, prolonged engagement is needed for which some individuals require further support.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMental Health and Social Inclusion
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 30 May 2024

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