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The community health apprentices project-the outcomes of an intermediate labour market project in the community health sector

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Abstract

This paper reports on the outcomes of the Community Health Apprentices Project, an intermediate labour market (ILM) project delivered in two neighbouring areas of Bradford, England. The project was illustrative of current UK policy in its attempt to both address unemployment and health inequalities. The aim of the paper is to improve understanding of the type and range of outcomes that can result from ILM projects based in the community health sector. A qualitative evaluation was undertaken and interviews were carried out with three groups of stakeholders: the community health apprentices, key informants in the placement organisations and the delivery partners. Findings show that both anticipated and unanticipated outcomes occurred in relation to increased skills for work, improved health and well-being and improved organisational capacity. While there are contextual factors which make this project unique, the findings illustrate the potential range of outcomes that can be achieved when social and emotional support is offered in tandem with work experience. The findings further highlight the organisational benefits of investing in local people to deliver community health work. The paper concludes that in order to build an evidence base for ILM approaches, a broader understanding of outcomes needs to be developed, taking into account social and health outcomes as well as economic indicators. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.


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Author(s): South J, Jackson K, Warwick-Booth L

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Community, Work and Family

Year: 2011

Volume: 14

Issue: 1

Pages: 1-18

Print publication date: 12/11/2010

ISSN (print): 1366-8803

ISSN (electronic): 1469-3615

Publisher: Routledge

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13668803.2010.506027

DOI: 10.1080/13668803.2010.506027


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