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Evaluation of Skills for Work Pilot Courses: Final Report

DescriptionThe overarching purpose of the research was to undertake a process evaluation of the SfW pilot courses in order to inform the roll-out of these courses. The evaluation of the SfW pilot was based around a qualitative methology in order to get to the heart of the implementation process.
ISBN0950 2254
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateMarch 14, 2008

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Thomas Spielhofer and Matthew Walker, National Foundation for Educational Research
ISBN 978 0 7559 6989 0 (Web only publication)
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This full report is accompanied by an Insight summary

CONTENTS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION
BACKGROUND
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE EVALUATION
METHODOLOGY
STRUCTURE OF THE REPORT

CHAPTER TWO: STRATEGIC PERSPECTIVE
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE SKILLS FOR WORK PILOT
KEY MEASURES OF SUCCESS
KEY FINDINGS

CHAPTER THREE: MODELS OF DELIVERY
OVERVIEW OF DELIVERY MODELS
STRENGTHS AND CHALLENGES OF MODELS
YEAR 2 OF THE PILOT
KEY FINDINGS

CHAPTER FOUR: PARTNERSHIP WORKING
THE LINKS BETWEEN SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES
FREQUENCY AND TYPE OF CONTACT
LINKS WITH EMPLOYERS
LOCAL AUTHORITY INVOLVEMENT AND SUPPORT
KEY FINDINGS

CHAPTER FIVE: DELIVERING SKILLS FOR WORK COURSES
COURSE INDUCTION PROCEDURES
COURSE DELIVERY APPROACHES
TEACHING EMPLOYABILITY AND CORE SKILLS
ASSESSING THE COURSE
STAFF SKILLS AND DEVELOPMENT
COURSE MATERIALS
EVALUATION AND REVIEW
PERCEIVED IMPACT ON ORGANISATIONS
KEY FINDINGS

CHAPTER SIX: THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE
STUDENT SELECTION
STUDENT CHARACTERISTICS
VIEWS ON THE COURSES
STUDENT RETENTION AND COURSE COMPLETION
PASS RATES
STUDENT IMPACT AND ACHIEVEMENT
KEY FINDINGS

CHAPTER SEVEN: CHALLENGES AND LESSONS LEARNT
TIMETABLING OF COURSES
SELECTION AND PARITY OF ESTEEM
PARTNERSHIP WORKING BETWEEN SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT ISSUES FOR COLLEGE STAFF WORKING WITH UNDER-16 YEAR OLDS
PROVIDING AND ACCESSING COURSES IN LARGE, RURAL AREAS
LIMITED CAPACITY OF COLLEGES TO RESPOND TO INCREASING DEMAND
KEY FINDINGS

CHAPTER EIGHT: CONCLUSIONS AND KEY MESSAGES
CONCLUSIONS
KEY MESSAGES

REFERENCES

The views expressed in this report are those of the researcher and
do not necessarily represent those of the Department or Scottish Ministers.

This report is available on the Scottish Government Social Research website only
www.scotland.gov.uk/socialresearch.