qualifications

Now it's personal: personal advisers and the new public service workforce

Providing tailored one-to-one support to help people back into work has been central to the UK Government's reform of the welfare system. This report argues that a new examination is needed on the role of personal advisers. The report is based on focus groups with service users, in-depth interviews with advisers, surveys of personal advisers and employment providers and a review of the literature. Qualitative analysis is presented to show changes in the ratio of Job Centre Plus advisers to the number of interviews they conducted since the recession began.

Still waiting for 'big ideas' on adult skills

Paper making the case that adult skills have traditionally been a largely neglected part of the education and training system in England and recommending bold proposals to redress the balance such as increased direct taxation for adult skills and a compulsory 'national skills saving scheme' similar to the pension account.

Staff of Scottish local authority social work services, 2008 (Health and care series)

Publication presenting findings from a range of statistical information to form an overall picture of demand for, supply of and outcomes from the social care workforce.

Higher aspirations, brighter future : National Residential Child Care Initiative overview report

The National Residential Child Care Initiative (NRCCI) was set up to carry out a strategic review of child care services in Scotland and produce a blueprint for their future development and direction. This report highlights the key messages which came out of the working groups which were established to undertake the review.

The skills paradox : confronting inequality in adult learning

Paper highlighting the 'skills paradox' in the UK whereby those lacking basic skills are least likely to participate in formal learning. It identifies policies which can help rectify this trend and argues for a coherent skills strategy which takes equally into account the labour market, the training system and people's everyday lives.

Social networks and employability

Report investigating social networks as a factor in labour market proximity and likelihood of gaining sustained employment. Qualitative methods were used to explore these networks and glean new knowledge of processes underpinning people's participation in employment. The principal aim of the research was to provide employability agencies with a better understanding of how to support and advise clients in a holistic manner.

New Degree, New Standards? : a project investigating the alignment of the Standards in Social Work Education (SiSWE) to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)

This project shines a spotlight on the social work qualifying degrees in Scotland with a particular emphasis on the relationship between the SiSWE and the SCQF. It seeks to understand how these two frameworks align to support improved standards of student attainment at a time when the profession has moved from a diploma to degree level qualification.

Pre-school and childcare workforce statistics 2009 (Education and training series)

Report presenting statistics on childcare centres in Scotland registered with the Care Commission and childcare centre staff.

Tackling the poverty of opportunity

Report of a study which sought to identify the most deprived areas in England, Scotland and Wales and examine the impact of spatial disadvantage on educational outcomes for 16-18 year olds. It also looked at the comparative change in deprivation and educational outcomes over time.