Understand, Co-produce, Influence, Learning Project
“Consulting and working with small businesses and partners in the region, to co-produce solutions that influence and increase take-up of leadership and entrepreneurship skills provision.”
The ‘Understand, Co-produce, Influence, Learning’ (UCIL) project was launched in November 2015 through the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) Futures Programme, targeting micro-businesses and small firms with less than 20 employees in the South West and Mid Wales region.
Throughout the 8 months, a busy series of collaborative events were delivered alongside information workshops. As the employer’s voice was at the core of the project, events were planned in partnership with local employers. Sixteen diverse employer events have been held since the launch, each event developed to give local businesses opportunities to consider different ways of thinking about how to build leadership and entrepreneurship skills to grow and develop their business.
166 employers committed 959 hours engaging with and contributing to the process, with 94% of employers wanting to be involved in future events to help co-create and test solutions to increasing take-up of leadership and entrepreneurship skills.
So many successful outcomes were achieved as a result of effective collaboration with the UCIL team from private, public and third sector partners and local businesses.
Messages employers emphasised included: the value of advice and support from other business owners including peer mentors and coaches; using co-working spaces effectively; and the knowledge of an employer from inside the sector to help steer and co-create relevant activities.
Evidence from the UCIL programme and the seven other regional projects who have participated in this round of the Futures Programme will be collated into a report published by UKCES. It is expected that the testing of engagement methods will facilitate, strengthen and influence further employer engagement in regional skills plans.
The annual Regional Employment and Skills Plan developed by the South West and Mid Wales Regional Learning and Skills Partnership on behalf of Welsh Government, recognises the requirement for skills provision to reflect employer demand, and the project has been instrumental in articulating the employer voice.
Barry Liles, Chairman of the RLSP Board, said “Our thanks go to all our partner organisations, who promoted and supported the programme and continue to develop provision collaboratively across the region, who made the challenging outcomes of the programme more achievable.
It has been our privilege to work alongside so many business owners willing to take time out of their busy schedules, to embrace the opportunity to express their views, co-create and test sustainable solutions to influence future skills development and witness the personal journey’s many of them have made over the past eight months.”
To view our final report, please click here.
In addition, the UKCES Final UKFP Brochure and Evaluation report can be found here.
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