Employment Training Toolkit

What can you include in employment training programmes to ensure they are most effective? What is likely to lead to more take-up and completion of courses?

About this toolkit

On this page you can find a set of policy design guides to help you to make informed decisions when developing employment training policy. Each policy design guide covers a specific aspect of programme delivery so should not necessarily be directly compared. They are intended to help you understand:

  • how much is known about effectiveness, in comparison to costs
  • what you should consider if you are thinking about using a particular approach

About the evidence

This toolkit considers a broader evidence base than the Employment Training policy review (see how we sift through the evidence in our methodology, and guidance on how to use our reviews). We also include evidence from outside the OECD, or from other contexts, where this is appropriate.

How to use this toolkit

These policy design guides can’t provide definitive evidence on how to design effective employment training. But in all cases they provide useful evidence that could help underpin more effective policy development, as well as highlighting the need for effective monitoring and evaluation to further improve cost-effectiveness. For more on embedding evaluation in to policy design, read our how to evaluate guide.

Employment Training Tools

Click each header below to find out how they work, and in what context they are most likely to work.

Careers Counselling

Careers counselling helps individuals choose appropriate training to help improve take-up of programmes. Read about how they work

Financial Incentives

Financial incentives are payments offered before, during or after training to help improve take-up and completion of programmes. Read about how they work


Pre-qualification courses are a pathway to further education or training to help improve performance and completion of programmes. Read about how they work


Reminders provide people with information about their training by text or email to help improve attendance on programmes. Read about how they work


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