Stakeholders include: learning providers from private sector, Further Education (FE), Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), local authorities, employer associations, trade unions, professional bodies, schools and other contractors. A number of key stakeholders were involved in the set up and delivery of the programme, such as:
- UKCES: overall responsibility for running the application process and selecting projects for funding, and managed the investment processes and commissioned the programme evaluation.
- Delivery Partners: bidders for funding and had responsibility for delivering projects, either through using their own staff or other intermediaries, training providers or stakeholders.
- Sector Skills Councils (SSCs): applications to EIF were restricted solely to SSCs.
- Other intermediaries and stakeholders: helped to deliver aspects of projects in partnership with the Delivery Partners and provided expert insight and support through representation on project boards and working groups.
- Training providers: worked collaboratively with Delivery Partners and employers to establish infrastructure, including new courses, accreditation or certification.
- Employers: contributed to the development of EIF products and services, through design and application processes, market testing and product development, and project management and governance. Employers were beneficiaries of the programme, and made use of the skills solutions delivered.