Personal and Social Development provision: Content, format and impact

This report recommends a new National Standard for Personal and Social Development (PSD) learning, to help meet significant skills shortages in the workforce and give people the confidence to progress in work and in life.

Our research shows that Personal and Social Development provision is making a positive difference to peoples’ lives and employment prospects. But the access to Personal and Social Development is arbitrary and far too many people are missing out.

Alongside the call for a National Standard for Personal and Social Development, we also recommends that:

  • BIS should commission the development of a more effective initial assessment tool for PSD/employability skills.
  • The Skills Funding Agency should identify if the level of need for PSD learning can be matched by current provider capacity and funding.