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Scottish Employer Perspectives Survey 2019: technical report

Technical report accompanying the Scottish EPS 2019 research report providing background information on the methodology used.


Appendix A: Questionnaire changes since UK EPS 2016

Question number Question area Change made Reason for change
S3 Asking to speak to appropriate person Removed references specific to countries other than Scotland Questionnaire is now Scotland-specific
S3a GDPR legislation Question added To comply with GDPR requirements
S3a (in 2016 questionnaire) & S4 Offer Welsh translation Removed question Questionnaire is now Scotland-specific
C3 Whether has made use of recruitment services Removed references/services specific to countries other than Scotland Questionnaire is now Scotland-specific
C5 Factors establishment looks for in candidates Removed references specific to countries other than Scotland Questionnaire is now Scotland-specific
C5a-g Use of diversity-promoting practices Question added To determine extent of use of diversity-promoting practices
C10nwii Use of government schemes or services Removed references specific to countries other than Scotland Questionnaire is now Scotland-specific
C10GP Awareness of Gender Pay Gap legislation Question added To gauge awareness of Gender Pay Gap legislation
C10GPi Effect of Gender Pay Gap legislation on recruitment practices Question added To determine effect of Gender Pay Gap legislation on recruitment practices
C10B-C Recruitment of education leavers and extent of preparedness for work Removed question Questionnaire is now Scotland-specific
C10E-F Recruitment of education leavers and extent of preparedness for work Updated terminology from 'Scottish Further Education college' to 'Scottish college' To reflect terminology changes since 2016
C17 Activities relating to work experience Updated terminology from 'Scottish Further Education or sixth form college' to 'Scottish college' Removed references specific to countries other than Scotland To reflect terminology changes since 2016 Questionnaire is Scotland-specific
C18-C19D Activities relating to work experience Updated terminology from 'Scottish Further Education or sixth form college' to 'Scottish college' To reflect terminology changes since 2016
C20 Reasons for offering work experience placements / internships Added a code for 'Approached by a Developing Young Workforce (or DYW) Lead or Regional Group' To reflect the Scottish policy context
C21-C22a Awareness and use of Foundation Apprentices Questions added To gauge awareness and use of Foundation Apprentices
C23a Reasons for engaging in work inspiration activities Added a code for 'Approached by a Developing Young Workforce (or DYW) Lead or Regional Group' To reflect the Scottish policy context
C28-C29 Awareness of and engagement with Developing the Young Workforce Regional Groups Questions added To gauge awareness of and engagement with Developing the Young Workforce Regional Groups
D2 Sources of advice or hep on skills and training related issues Updated terminology from 'Scottish Further Education or sixth form college' to 'Scottish college' Added a code for 'Approached by a Developing Young Workforce (or DYW) Lead or Regional Group' Removed references specific to countries other than Scotland To reflect the Scottish policy context To reflect terminology changes since 2016 Questionnaire is Scotland-specific
D4 Awareness of employment-related schemes and initiatives Removed references specific to countries other than Scotland Questionnaire is Scotland-specific
D8 External sources of training Updated terminology from 'Further Education Colleges' to 'Colleges' To reflect terminology changes since 2016
D9A/D9B Reasons why external providers are used to deliver training Removed questions To reduce questionnaire length
D11A-D12 Reasons why external providers are not used to deliver training Removed questions To reduce questionnaire length
D15 Arrangement or funding of training leading to qualifications Removed references specific to countries other than Scotland Questionnaire is Scotland-specific
D22 Staff undertaking of apprenticeships Added a note asking respondents to exclude Foundation Apprenticeships from their answer Foundation Apprenticeships covered earlier in the questionnaire
D22Bi Whether any apprentices are on a Graduate Apprenticeship programme Question added To reflect the Scottish policy context
D23 Whether apprenticeships are offered Added a note asking respondents to exclude Foundation Apprenticeships from their answer Foundation Apprenticeships covered earlier in the questionnaire
D23Aintro Introductory note prior to series of questions on apprenticeships, asking respondents to exclude Foundation and Graduate Apprenticeships from their answer Question added Foundation and Graduate Apprenticeships covered earlier in the questionnaire
D25iii Type of training provider that delivers training for apprentices Updated terminology from 'A Scottish Further Education or sixth form college' to 'A college' To reflect terminology changes since 2016
D27B Type of organisation approaching to offer apprenticeships Updated terminology from 'A Further Education or sixth form college' to 'A college' To reflect terminology changes since 2016
D27C Reasons for offering apprenticeships Changed from 'anticipating the Apprenticeship Levy being introduced in 2017' to 'the Apprenticeship Levy' Added a code for 'Approached by a Developing Young Workforce (or DYW) Lead or Regional Group' To reflect policy changes since 2016 To reflect the Scottish policy context
D33 Reasons for not offering apprenticeships Removed the codes 'An apprentice is due to start soon' and 'We have only recently opened the application process' Due to other changes in the questionnaire, it was no longer logically possible for respondents to be 'routed' to these codes
D29 Awareness of different types of apprenticeship Changed question wording from 'In terms of specific government recognized schemes, have you heard of…?' to 'Have you heard of the following types of apprenticeships?' Removed references specific to countries other than Scotland Added a code for Graduate Apprenticeships To improve questionnaire flow Questionnaire is now Scotland-specific To reflect policy changes since 2016
D27F Reasons for expectations of increase in number of apprentices Added a code for 'Approached by a Developing Young Workforce (or DYW) Lead or Regional Group' To reflect the Scottish policy context
D34i Timescale for offering apprenticeships Added a code for 'The organisation already offers them' To reflect the fact that while the question is asked of those who previously said their site is planning to offer apprenticeships, the question itself is asked at an organizational level
D34ii Reasons for offering apprenticeships Changed from 'anticipating the Apprenticeship Levy being introduced in 2017' to 'the Apprenticeship Levy' Added a code for 'Encouragement / support from a Developing Young Workforce (or DYW) Lead or Regional Group' To reflect policy changes since 2016 To reflect the Scottish policy context
D35A / D35B / D35Bi / D35Bii Awareness, use and details of Traineeships Removed questions Question is specific to English and Welsh respondents
D34B Preparedness for work of Modern Apprentices Question added To gauge perceptions of preparedness for work of Modern Apprentices
D35Ci Use of Foundation Apprenticeships to determine whether individuals are suitable for apprenticeships Wording changed from 'Traineeships' to 'Foundation Apprenticeships' 'And' added at the start of the question To reflect the Scottish policy context To improve questionnaire flow
D39-D41 Involvement in the design of the content of training Question changed from iteration – where training for Apprenticeships, External Training and Vocational Training are asked about in turn – to format in which training for each of Apprenticeships, External Training and Vocational Training are asked about in a single question Pilot interviews revealed that respondents found it hard to differentiate their involvement in the design of different types of training, thus it was decided to ask about involvement in the design of training on a more general level
D39a Working with different partners to design the content of training Question added To find out which what organisations, if any, employers worked with to design the content of training they offered to employees and apprentices
D40 Interest in being involved in designing content of training Question added To gauge the extent to which employers' aspirations to being involved in training design were being frustrated
E1 Accreditation with Investors in People Removed question To reduce questionnaire length
F4 Employer attitudes to training Removed question To reduce questionnaire length
G2 and G3a Follow up research and interest in survey findings Changed reference from 'Government' to 'Scottish Government' Changed publication date from December to 'later this year' Questionnaire is Scotland-specific To reflect new publication timings

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