The research involved 43 in-depth interviews with a range of stakeholders across the 6 areas, including:
- Jobcentre Plus schools advisers
- local partners including Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP, coalition organisations formed of local businesses) and the Careers and Enterprise Company’s (CEC) Employer Adviser Network (EAN, a network set up to facilitate stronger links between businesses and schools and colleges) staff
- leads from both participating and non-participating schools
- employers connected to the programme
A further stage of research is planned to evaluate the full programme, following national roll out in 2017.
Authors: Thomas Chisholm, Alice Coulter (Kantor Public) on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).