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VCS Apprenticeship Scheme

SERIO evaluated the VCS Apprenticeship Scheme for the Voluntary Sector Training Alliance (ViSTA) between 2007 and 2010.

The programme was designed to address the need for skills development in the Somerset voluntary sector, which has historically relied on recruiting skilled staff rather than training their own. The scheme aimed to directly address skills shortages, as well as building capacity for and stimulating investment in work-based learning.

The evaluation followed the lifetime of the project and involved the analysis of monitoring data, as well as questionnaires filled out periodically by staff and scheme participants. Focus groups and depth interviews were conducted with the scheme's staff and administrators, as well as three case study apprentices.

The final report examined the performance of the programme, the experiences of staff and participants, the scheme's long-term sustainability, and its wider contribution to workforce development in the sector.

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