Evidence of effectiveness
Reported survey results carried out on behalf of the HRDA by independent organisation among the scheme participants, revealed that:
A. Impact of the scheme on employability
Approximately 1 in 3 (32.7%) of the participants in the scheme stated that they were employed at the time of the field research (May - June 2015), approximately 4 months after the completion of their participation. The employment rate was higher for the people who were placed in enterprises/organisations in the private sector.
B. Utilisation of Knowledge and Skills & Employment Prospects
Over 9 out of 10 of the participants (90.7%) evaluated the degree of utilisation of the knowledge and skills acquired during their participation in the scheme as very good or good. Over 8 out of 10 (84.4%) considered that their participation has improved their employment prospects.
C. Satisfaction of participants in the scheme
Over 9 out of 10 participants (91.1%) in the scheme were either very satisfied or satisfied from their participation and would recommend others to participate in similar Schemes (94.5%).
Further results of the survey mentioned above show that the majority of the scheme participants (70%), considered that it provided good to very good chances of finding employment, and 83% believed that the degree the scheme contributed to strengthening the prospect of employability was good to very good.
No unexpected benefits occurred.
Engagement of stakeholders
The main stakeholders, the employers (from the public and private sector), are represented on the Board of Governors of the Human Resource Development Authority. They approved the implementation of the scheme and allocated the relevant funds for its smooth operation. The Board was informed of the scheme's progress throughout the evaluation study that was undertaken by HRDA on the impact of the scheme on the employability of the graduates.