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.
In 2014 the Glasgow Centre for Population Health commissioned Rocket Science and Why! Research to research the changing pressures on Glasgow’s third sector workforce- including looking at the impacts of austerity, welfare reforms and other policy changes on employee wellbeing and workplace cultures. We interviewed 163 workers from 71 organisations across Glasgow’s third sector about their experiences in the workplace, health, wellbeing, and work history, as well as changes and challenges facing the organisation. The final report of this research is published online on the GCPH website.
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.
Rocket Science was commissioned to facilitate a major workshop which helped IT suppliers to the public sector in Scotland meet a wide range of SMEs who are able to provide fleet footed innovation and creativity and help them use public sector contracts to grow local businesses and enhance employment in Scotland.
Rocket Science conducted a feasibility study for East Durham College looking at the options for establishing a rural enterprise hub at their Houghall Campus near to Durham City. The proposed hub would provide support both to rurally-based businesses in Houghall’s catchment area and to students wishing to develop business ideas. We conducted analysis of labour market information and consulted with North East business support services, current students and other key stakeholders to produce a detailed feasibility study.
Client: East Durham College
Team Member: James Turner
The Skills Escalator was originally developed in conjunction with the Public Service Transformation Network as part of the West London Alliance (WLA) Whole Place Community Budget Programme (WPCBP). WLA members Harrow and Hounslow subsequently developed a partnership to test proof of concept. Rocket Science were engaged to provide interim management whilst a project manager was recruited. This primarily focused on engaging local employers in a pilot to enable working people on means tested benefits to increase their earning capability and progress in work in order to become self-supporting.
Client: London Borough of Hounslow
Team member: Caroline Masundire