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Evaluation of the Adult Learning Grant cohort 2: wave 2

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Cohort 2 Wave 2 Final Report June 2007 Evaluation of the Adult Learning Grant Cohort 2 (Wave 2) On behalf of the Department for Education and Skills and the Learning and Skills Council Centre for Research in Social Policy Elspeth Pound Yekaterina Chzhen Janet Harvey Monica Magadi National Centre for Social Research Juliet Michaelson Steven Finch Emily Tanner Sarah Butt July 2007 CONTENTS Page ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I EXECUTIVE SUMMARY I 1 INTRODUCTION 1 1.1 The Adult Learning Grant 1 1.2 The Evaluation of the Adult Learning Grant 3 1.3 Cohort 2 Survey Design 4 1.4 Definitions of groups for analysis 6 1.5 Structure of the Report 7 1.5.1 Report conventions 8 2 BACKGROUND CHARACTERISTICS 9 2.1 General characteristics 9 2.2 Activity Status 15 2.3 Income 18 2.4 Qualifications 22 2.4.1 Qualifications already obtained 22 2.4.2 Qualifications studied during 2004/05 24 2.4.3 Comparison of qualifications previously obtained with those being studied 2004/05 27 2.5 Current study arrangements 28 2.6 Travel arrangements 31 2.7 Childcare 33 2.8 Summary 33 3 MOTIVATIONS AND ATTITUDES OF ADULT LEARNERS 35 3.1 Summary of motivations and attitudes reported at W1 35 3.2 Reasons for choosing current course 35 3.3 Attitudes to current job 42 3.4 Future plans 43 3.5 Summary 45 4 COSTS AND FUNDING OF LEARNING 47 4.1 Summary of costs and funding at wave 1 47 4.2 Costs of Courses 48 4.3 Sources of Funding 58 4.4 Summary 59 5 EXPERIENCES OF ALG 60 5.1 Summary of experiences of ALG at wave 1 60 5.2 Reasons non-applicants gave for not applying for ALG at wave 2 61 5.3 Receipt of ALG 61 5.4 Spending of ALG at wave 2 65 5.5 Summary 66 6 WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES ALG MAKE? 68 6.1 Summary of recipients’ perceptions of importance of ALG at wave 1 68 6.2 Recipients’ perceptions of importance of ALG at wave 2 69 6.3 Summary 78 7 LEARNING-RELATED OUTCOMES 79 7.1 Data Matching Procedure and the extent of matching 79 7.2

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