Welfare reforms boost skills training by 40%, according to government figures

Government welfare reforms have boosted the number of benefit claimants training to improve their skills by almost 40%, according to government figures.

Business-backed local skills training schemes, called sector-based work academies, and mandatory skills referrals by Jobcentre Plus have contributed to the number of benefit claimants in England starting training going up by 39.1% in a year from 464,400 (2011 to 2012) to 645,800 (2012 to 2013).

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