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Employability & Skills Scotland. Hazel Mathieson Head of National Operations 18 th September 2013. Intended Outcomes from EF. Improved efficiency from new model for commissioning of pre-employment provision

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Employability skills scotland

Employability & Skills Scotland

  • Hazel Mathieson

  • Head of National Operations

  • 18th September 2013


Intended outcomes from ef

Intended Outcomes from EF

  • Improved efficiency from new model for commissioning of pre-employment provision

  • Improved positive progression from nationally funded employability training towards and into employment

  • Provision focused on client need and responsive to local labour market demand

  • Participants better able to demonstrate their skills to employers


Progress to date

Progress to date

  • From June, EF Starts have been steadily increasing.

  • Split by Stage at end of P4

    • Stage 2 – 24.5%

    • Stage 3 – 46.6%

    • Stage 4 – 28.8%

  • Split by age at end of P4

    • 16/17 – 61.8%

    • 18-24 – 19.5%

    • 25+ - 18.7%

  • Just over 10% of total starts to date are College starts.

  • Many new providers have taken time to source premises/staff.

  • Too early to comment on outcomes/outputs.

  • Some issues identified with suitability of referrals.


Review of referral process

Review of referral process

  • Support referral organisations in Core Skills Assessment

  • Work with referral organisations to identify what works

  • Share best practice

  • Feed into the EF formative evaluation


Local provider forums

Local Provider Forums

  • Across the country mixed picture

  • Some limited in scope and membership

  • Some in need of revival

  • Some areas have never had one

  • Picture is improving


Why have a provider forum

Why Have a Provider Forum?

  • Enable providers to network

  • Share best practice

  • Share expertise

  • Keep up to date on employability policy developments

  • Improve outcomes for participants

  • Improve quality of provision across the board

  • Ensure that provision fits with pipeline

  • Support partnership working

  • Review performance


Membership and who leads

Membership and who leads?

  • All organisations delivering learning and employability provision

  • Local Authority

  • SDS

  • Department of Work and Pensions

  • Local Employability Partnership

  • All training providers including

    • Private sector

    • Third sector

      SDS will offer support to, initiate/revive/re-invigorate but ...

      The LEP must take ownership


Certificate of work readiness

Certificate of Work Readiness

  • A qualification, developed by SDS, to help young people prove to employers that they are work ready

  • A minimum of 190 hours work experience for the young person to complete and additional time spent with a training provider to develop their skills

  • Made up of 5 SQA units including the SDS customised “Practical Work Place Skills” Unit

  • Employers being central in assessing the young person throughout the work experience

  • SCQF Credit Rated


Key points for review of commissioning of ef internal external

Key Points for Review of Commissioning of EF (Internal & External)

  • Good Example of partnership working

  • Clearer demand from LEP’s required – but very useful exercise

  • Timescales too tight.

  • Earlier clarity on policy guidelines for a new programme.

  • Potential “conflict of interest” in decision making process – need more transparency.

  • Introduce funding which is not annual.

  • Further training/briefing for all involved.


Challenges going forward

Challenges Going Forward

  • Improving understanding of local needs/opportunities e.g local prospectus, Regional Skills Assessments going forward.

  • Need to understand impact of work programme leavers on EF.

  • Sharing information

  • Conflict of interest.


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