Invitation to Tender: Evaluation of ‘Uchelgais Diwylliannol / Cultural Ambition’

Date: 29 August 2018 - , 23:59

Creative & Cultural Skills would like to recruit an evaluator at the start of the project who will collect, analyse and interpret qualitative and quantitative information to establish the extent to which the work is meeting its proposed outcomes. The aim of the evaluation is to assess whether the heritage workforce in Wales has been diversified through this project, and the success of the delivery of a pan-Wales programme working across a number of partners.

Tender submissions are invited from evaluators by 29th August 2018, and should highlight how the following will be measured:

1) The effectiveness of promotion of the programme to the target demographic
2) Progress against target (total number of young people recruited and total number of young people who complete the qualification)
3) The impact of the placement and the qualification on the learner
4) The impact of the placement on the host venue
5) The success of delivering a qualification in partnership
6) The success of remote/electronic assessment of a qualification in a cultural heritage setting
7) The success of additional induction and employability training on the learner
8) The change, if any, on the way that the host venues recruit staff and any impact on their baseline data in terms of staffing
9) The impact on the diversity of the workforce
10) The legacy of the project

Baseline data should be gathered at the outset of the project, referring particularly to the existing demographic of the workforce of participating organisations, so that a reasonable comparison can be made upon project completion to demonstrate the impact that the project has had on the demographic of cultural heritage in Wales.
In particular, the evaluation should reference the overall outcomes of Skills for the Future, and the Cultural Ambition programme itself which were included in the original application for the work.

PROJECT BACKGROUND:

Creative & Cultural Skills is leading on a Heritage Lottery Funded Skills for the Future project in collaboration with Museums, Archives and Libraries Division (MALD) in Welsh Government, and a group of lead heritage partners across Wales. The project will create 33 12-month training placements across Wales over a three-year period. The trainees will be aged 18-24 and non-graduates who are not in education, employment or training. Linking strongly with the Fusion: Creating Opportunities through Culture programme and the Andrews report Culture and Poverty, trainees will primarily come from communities experiencing economic disadvantage and be targeted at former Communities First areas in Wales.

Each young person will be working towards an NVQ 2 qualification in Cultural Heritage and will complete a combination of units which have been identified by the project lead partners. Young people will complete their placement on three sites, the lead partner will host a 12-month placement, and then two local partners will host additional 3-month placements.

Proposed cohort dates are as follows: (subject to change based on training provider recruitment timeline)
Cohort 1) Sept 2018-Aug 2019
Cohort 2) January 2019-December 2019
Cohort 3) October 2019- September 2020

The final evaluation report will be made available to sites involved in the project, as well as published on the Creative & Cultural Skills website. The report will also be given to the Heritage Lottery Fund to review the evaluation on their investment, and to contribute towards their wider evaluation of the Skills for the Future programme.
Further details of the Invitation to Tender are available on expression of interest.

Closing date for submissions is 5pm on 29th August 2018. Please contact sarah.hughes@ccskills.org.uk for more information.

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