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Employer Ownership Pilot Evaluation

The Employer Ownership Pilot for BIS offers employers direct access of up to £250m of government funding to design and deliver their own training solutions. The pilot encourages businesses to engage with innovative training solutions in order to reduce skills gaps and generate additional economic impact, such as improved business performance. The overall aim of this evaluation is to provide evidence of the impact of the pilot and an assessment of whether giving employers such direct access to public funding has increased or improved their investment in skills, or enabled them to demonstrate more effective ways of improving skills in the workforce than they can currently achieve through mainstream funding. Our objective will be to gather evidence from employers, providers and learners using methods a range of methods to ensure that we can evaluate the pilot processes, assess the impact and determine whether the pilot achieves value for money.

The evaluation will be delivered over a five-year period commencing in autumn 2012 and concluding with a final report in September 2017. The evaluation utilises a quasi-experimental approach including CATI and online surveys which track employers and learners who are involved in the pilot and a counterfactual group; depth interviews with employers and providers; and case studies with individual projects.

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John Higton

John has a strong policy research and evaluation record in workplace training, apprenticeships, further and higher education, business productivity and employer regulation and compliance.

With a keen interest in the application of quantitative and qualitative methods, he is experienced in designing and directing mixed-method, longitudinal evaluations and leads a number of CFE’s studies including the Employer Ownership Pilot, the Impact of Apprenticeship Reform and the Evaluation of the Sheffield Skills Bank.