With public funding for Colleges under strain, innovative Colleges are starting to look to increase their role in training, upskilling and certifying those already in employment. In late 2015, Rocket Science worked with Dundee and Angus College to develop a Customer Engagement Strategy, and undertake Market Research to help them to increase the services they deliver to businesses to train and certify their employees. This piece of work was funded by Skills Development Scotland and the College Development Network as a way to identify lessons, and a create template, that could be relevant to all Colleges in Scotland.
For more information on our work with Scotland’s Colleges or on in-work skill development, please contact the Edinburgh office on 0131 226 4949 or [email protected]
Rocket Science, along with Rural Housing Support and Rose Regeneration were commissioned in 2015 by a consortium of local Housing Trusts in Scotland called the Rural Housing Partnership on behalf of the Scottish Government to explore the opportunity to create a Community Housing Alliance to transform the scale and reach of community led housing developments across Scotland.
Reshaping Care for Older People (RCOP) is an initiative by the Scottish Government to improve health and social care for older people, with emphasis on shifting towards early intervention and prevention models by better joint working within and across health, social care and third sectors.
Over the last 6 months Rocket Science has been helping the Argyll and Bute Reshaping Care for Older People Board understand more about how to improve their health and social care services for older people in Argyll and Bute, through three main strands:
- Mapping and evaluating Hospital to Home services across Argyll and Bute, comparing services with good practice elsewhere in Scotland and Europe and making clear recommendations for the areas that the board needs to focus on to deliver services that really make a difference to older people’s lives.
- Evaluating the local commissioning processes and making recommendations for both locality groups and the RCOP board for the changes that are required to deliver effective local commissioning.
- In-depth thematic analysis of qualitative data from a major public consultation with older people about their needs, and the extent to which the vision of the Board reflects what older people in the area want.
Rocket Science was commissioned by Skills Development Scotland to design and lead staff development workshops for two groups of SDS staff for whom partnership working is central to their success: frontline Careers Information and Advisory staff and staff implementing SDS’s National Training Programmes. The workshops have explored effective partnership working and provided an opportunity for staff to develop ideas about how they can enhance their achievements through partnership working.
In 2015, the Perth and Kinross Council commissioned Rocket Science to assist them in their application to the Scottish Government for the ESF allocation for employability and social inclusion social services. Our work with the Council is to:
- Support the Council and third sector service providers to develop a range of services to address local employability issues
- Develop two Strategic Intervention Applications for submission to the Scottish Government, one for the employability services and one for social inclusion services
In parallel to our work on prevention, we are working with the partners in Dundee to develop practical ways of improving the performance of the local ‘employability service’ specifically in terms of the proportion of clients who find work and make progress in employment.
In late 2015, Rocket Science was commissioned by the Scottish Government to analyse the responses to the public consultation they ran on Employment Support in light of the devolved employment support functions from Westminster. 215 individuals, service providers, and advocacy and support organisations responded to the public consultation on what the Scottish Approach to welfare support should look like. Rocket Science analysed responses, and through a combination of quantitative and qualitative analysis drew out the key messages. These key messages were:
That the Scottish Approach to employability support should:
- Have a person centred, flexible and tailored approach that considers all elements of an individual’s life that affects their employability
- Be designed and delivered by a partnership of organisation such as central and local government, third sector, and educators
- Be aiming towards ‘real jobs’ through engaging with employers and creating high quality labour market intelligence that means job seekers are prepared for and directed towards jobs that currently exist.
That any devolved replacement programme should:
- Be designed nationally but adapted to the local context and delivered locally
- Involve contracts that use a combination of payment by job outcome, progression towards work, attachment fees, and should incorporate client feedback as a metric for payment
- Target those with the highest needs, and focus a separate programme on this group to avoid them getting lost in the crowd.
The full analysis report can be found at:
For more information on our work on employment, including the implications of the devolved employment support functions to the Scottish Government call the Edinburgh office on 0131 226 4949