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Employer Ownership Skills pilot

Country of implementation
United Kingdom
General short description of the innovation
The Employer Ownership Skills pilot was launched by the government in February 2012. It represents an investment in employer led skills solutions that meet industry requirements and provide (young) people with opportunities to develop successful careers. With this pilot scheme employers are invited to develop proposals that raise skills, create jobs, and drive enterprise and economic growth, and to bid for grants from a fund worth 340 million. Government will invest in projects in which employers are also prepared to commit their own funds in order to make better use of our combined. / / The pilot scheme is managed by UKCES, a UK-wide body of social partnership that includes CEOs of large and small employers across a wide range of sectors; trade unions and representatives from the Devolved Administrations. / / Currently, projects of the bidding Round 1 are implemented. Successful projects of Round 2 will be made in spring 2014. The winning projects explore potential new strategies for designing the skills system, for training and engaging a diverse workforce. This included apprenticeships and other workforce development opportunities; training and skills development to help people into work; enabling SMEs to train their workforce. For the second round bidders were encouraged to collaborate across sector, region or supply chain, to form partnerships with training providers and other organisations, to involve employees. In this round the government aligned the Employer Ownership / Pilot funding with the Growth and Innovation Fund (GIF) to form a single application and decision making process. /
Target group
Youth
Policy Field
  • education
Type of Policy
  • public
  • public-private partnership
Duration of the policy
Since 2012
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: temporary
  • Budgets: 340 million (public contribution)
  • Number of intended beneficiaries: The first round of co-investment is expected to generate: ? 11,000 apprenticeships, including 4400 for 16-18 year olds. ? 27,000 full-time equivalent non-apprenticeship vocational training opportunities. ? 49,000 other learning or training opportunities, including work experience and work placements.
  • Spatial coverage: England
Type of innovation
  • new form of partnership or cooperation
  • new form of policy implementation/delivery
  • new policy, practice or measure
New outputs
  • governance
  • learning workplaces
  • training schemes
Intended target group
young people
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • central state
  • employees (organised or individual)
  • employers (organised or individual)
Intended output
  • governance
  • learning workplaces
  • training schemes
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