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Evaluation of the first year of the Flexible Workforce Development Fund

Evaluates the pilot Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF) during the period January to June 2018. Aims to: identify how the FWDF is impacting on employers, employees and colleges; explore the extent to which employer demand is being met; explore what is working more or less well in the first year of the Fund; identify best practice/success factors; assess what data are required to monitor and evaluate the impact of the Fund; and provide recommendations around monitoring and evaluating the longer term impact of the Fund. Draws on the findings of interviews with stakeholders, employers and colleges involved in the delivery of FWDF. Explains that the FWDF supports workforce development, through upskilling or reskilling of employees, within apprenticeship levy-paying employers in Scotland. Provides background information on the development of the FWDF, including governance, management and delivery arrangements. Includes details of current uptake of the FWDF among levy-paying employers. Includes information on the number of employees supported, types of training undertaken, funding awarded, duration of courses and qualifications. Provides feedback gathered from the college network, stakeholders and employers on awareness, benefits and impacts the FWDF. Finds that around 15,000 employees were to be trained by the FWDF, the programme appears to be working well for employers, and employees reported increased skills levels. Highlights issues to be addressed and recommends a national marketing programme. Includes case studies.


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