Local success models of devolved employment and skills schemes

Local councils currently commission employment and skills provision to meet the needs of their communities and stakeholders. The Local Government Association (LGA) has commissioned NIESR to undertake quantitative and qualitative analysis of locally-led employment and skills schemes. We are analysing a sample of such schemes, focusing on: • effectiveness of schemes based on data collected locally and assessments on factors driving provision including, for example, commissioning, partnership, co-location, case worker approach • analysis of schemes' comparative success rate compared with national programmes or against a national programme running in a similar local authority


The research includes interviews with local authorities which are leading employment and skills schemes, to identify factors leading to successful operation and outcomes. It will also involve statistical analysis of their success rates, compared with national programmes, and assessment of what schemes might achieve if they were delivered nationally.


The research began in July 2014 and findings drawn together in a report to be published towards the end of the year. 

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