Evaluating the Enhanced Work Related Learning programme in Doncaster

Giving young people a future 

Areas of industrial decline face many challenges, including how to improve the employability of young people through key skills and promote re-engagement with learning. Evaluation research can help programme managers and their staff understand the impact of their work in these areas and devise new work-related services which meet local needs.

Programme monitoring and evaluation

Qa was commissioned by Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council to undertake an independent evaluation of the Enhanced Work Related Learning (EWRL) programme delivered by Doncaster LEA.

The overall aim of this project was to monitor the progress of and evaluate the EWRL programme delivered by Doncaster LEA. The evaluation included:

  • desk research
  • consultation with young people from years 10 through to 12 involved in courses funded by the EWRL programme
  • in-depth interviews with school co-ordinators
  • in-depth interviews were also undertaken with teachers who had been on work placements assisted by the funding provided through EWRL

Discussion groups were held at schools providing vocational learning courses, including Media and Creative, Construction, Drama, Health and Social Care, Engineering, Motor Vehicle, ICT, Business and Professional, Business Language, Beauty Therapy and Tourism.

Qa also worked with an independent filmmaker to produce a DVD which documented the young people on the programme and celebrated the work of EWRL.

Building on success

The many positive and constructive aspects of the EWRL Doncaster programme were set out in our final report. Our findings will be used to influence the development of this and other similar programmes in the future.

For more details e-mail angela.browne@qaresearch.co.uk or call 01904 632039