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Research and evaluation

Modern Apprenticeship Employer Survey 2015

This report is designed to explore employers' use and views of Modern Apprenticeships and to assess the benefits and impact that MAs bring to employers. It is based upon the analysis of a telephone survey of 2,505 employers who had an employee leave a Modern Apprenticeship in the last three years at the time of the survey. This includes employees who completed as well as those who did not complete the Modern Apprenticeship.

  • This report is designed to explore employers’ use and views of Modern Apprenticeships and to assess the benefits and impact that MAs bring to employers. It is based upon the analysis of a telephone survey of 2,505 employers who had an employee leave a Modern Apprenticeship in the last three years at the time of the survey. This includes employees who completed as well as those who did not complete the Modern Apprenticeship.
  • This report provides an analysis of the feedback from pupils, teachers and exhibitors on their experience of attending the conventions.
  • This document includes the findings of a telephone survey carried out with 228 Head Teachers in June 2014. The purpose of the survey was to get feedback on the Career Information Advice and Guidance (CIAG) service offer, approach to partnership working and the strength of relationships.
  • A large scale survey of Modern Apprenticeships in training was carried out in December 2013 by Skills Development Scotland’s Evaluation and Research team.
  • An infographic showing the results of a large scale survey of Modern Apprenticeships in training, Which was carried out in December 2013 by Skills Development Scotland’s Evaluation and Research team.
  • The aim of the Customer Research Strategy is to outline how customer research will be undertaken in SDS. The key objectives are to ensure that customer research activity is robust and supports the evaluation work outlined in the Evaluation and Customer Research Plan 2013-16, to support a culture of continuous improvement by identifying and highlighting areas where customers think we perform well, as well as identifying areas where we could do better, and to contribute to the development of an evidence base that can be used to inform decision making.
  • The evaluation was carried out between November 2012 and June 2013 to review the achievements of the Challenge Fund and to understand the key points of learning that can inform future youth employment programmes.
  • Skills Development Scotland conducted a survey of people using the careers information web service, My World of Work. The findings which include user group views on its effectiveness and features are detailed in this report. It indicates that 91 per cent of users like the option of a web based service and 88 per cent would recommend it to a friend.
  • The SDS Evaluation Strategy was published in October 2012. This detailed a commitment to producing a 3-year rolling plan of evaluation covering each of our main service areas. As customer research forms a key component of our evaluation activity, it was decided that this should be integrated within the plan to ensure a co-ordinated approach. This document therefore details SDS’ Evaluation and Customer Research priorities over the period 2013-16. It has been developed in consultation with colleagues across the organisation. The intended audience is primarily SDS colleagues, Scottish Government and partners.
  • This report is based upon the analysis of a telephone survey of 2,000 Modern Apprentices in Scotland, who had left their apprenticeship around six months previously. The responses included some apprentices who had completed their apprenticeship and some who had not.