Employability, Skills and Learning Progress – Recommendation 5

Research and evaluation

The Scottish Government should commission research to provide analysis of the current baseline of the employment situation for the veterans community and to evaluate the impact of national and local initiatives to improve job prospects.

2019 SVC evaluation of status:

Partially implemented

2019 update provided by the Scottish Government:

Our response to this recommendation committed the Scottish Government to considering what gaps there were in the data and what needed to be done to address these. In 2017, we were given access to data from CTP on future cohorts of veterans that has enabled the VESG to better consider priorities. The activity to date has been aligning existing services and programmes of support. The impact of this work will be monitored which could result in future research work to understand where systems and programmes could be improved.  As a result of having access to CTP’s data, the Scottish Government will now consider forming focus groups to enable a further understanding of access to services. In the 2017 Autumn Update to Parliament, we also committed to setting out a plan for additional qualitative research to identify barriers through the VESG, and using the results of this research, help shape thinking on the feasibility of a pilot approach. The research plan was discussed at the VESG, but no additional qualitative research has been conducted as yet, although potential options which could deliver valuable findings have been identified.

2020 SVC evaluation of status:

Partially implemented

2020 update provided by the Scottish Government:

Our response to this recommendation committed the Scottish Government to considering what gaps there were in the data and what needed to be done to address these. In 2017, we were given access to data from CTP on future cohorts of veterans which enabled the VESG to better consider priorities. The activity to date has been aligning existing services and programmes of support. The impact of this work will be monitored which could result in future research work to understand where systems and programmes could be improved. As a result of having access to CTP’s data, the Scottish Government will now consider forming focus groups to enable a further understanding of access to services.

Furthermore, we have previously committed to setting out a plan for additional qualitative research to identify barriers, and using the results of this research to help shape thinking on a pilot approach. The research plan was discussed at the VESG but has not yet progressed further. It is likely that this work could be re-considered and taken forward as part of the VESG’s refresh. Additionally, the 2022 Census is likely to be a rich source of information on veterans’ employment.


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