Evaluation of National Skills Academies

National Skills Academies (NSAs) are designed to be 'employer-led centres of excellence in learning' and form a key element of the government's strategy to improve the nation's skill base by making provision of training more relevant to labour market needs. NSAs bring together employers and specialist training providers in particular sectors, such as fashion retail, construction and nuclear energy. IES has been commissioned by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), in partnership with Ipsos MORI, to evaluate the added value generated by NSAs between 2008 and 2010, examining both the network as a whole and individual academies, to assess whether they have met the aims set for the by government.