K.E. Joyce and others
Social Policy and Society, vol. 9, 2010, p. 337-353
In this article the authors use qualitative methods to explore the impact of employability initiatives on the health, well-being and labour market attachment of people who participated in a programme in Sedgefield, County Durham. The study mapped the impacts of this multi-intervention programme on participants' health, wellbeing and employability. Each of the 13 interventions was separately appraised through focus groups or semi-structured interviews. Thematic analyses revealed that participants from all interventions reported increased self-confidence, with several individuals suggesting that project involvement had facilitated their movement into the labour market. However, structural barriers to employment continue to exist in the form of a lack of accessible and desirable jobs. There is little evidence that policymakers are addressing these more daunting barriers.