Assessment of the General Employability Skills Program

Quest Alliance

Socio-Economic Inclusion

Service: Research & Studies

Quest Alliance, with support from Central Square Foundation implemented a General Employability Skills (GES) program for students in class 9, 10 and 11 in Delhi Government Schools. This pilot program, implemented in 250 Government schools, focussed on four key skills for employability – English communication, digital literacy, life skills and work readiness. 

Through the pilot program, the effort was to assess the effectiveness of building employability skills among school students, and to understand the successes and challenges to successfully integrate employability skills in the school system.  Development Solutions supported Quest Alliance to undertake this assessment and understand the impact of the GES pilot program in Delhi. 

Approach and methodology

The assessment of the GES program comprised an impact and process assessment. The Impact assessment, undertaken through baseline and end line surveys with students and trainers, assessed the impact of the GES program on knowledge, skills and abilities of students and trainers. The process assessment was undertaken to assess the implementation of the program, successes, and challenges. 

The assessment used a mixed method design comprising:

  • Quantitative survey with students and trainers – Baseline and End line surveys were conducted with students and trainers. A total of 5477 students and 41 trainers were surveyed for baseline; and 3903 students and 32 trainers were surveyed in the end line. 
  • Monthly reporting by trainers – As a part of the routine monitoring process of the program, trainers were expected to fill a closed ended format every month, to report on status of completion, management of sessions, student engagement, systems and support. A total of 244 trainer forms over the period of the program were analysed
  • Classroom observations –undertaken by the Quest Alliance and Development Solutions team. 
  • Qualitative interactions – Focus group discussions were undertaken with trainers and students during trainer’s community meets organized by Quest Alliance and school visits undertaken by Development Solutions.

Results

Data and information from all the above sources were triangulated to enable the assessment. The assessment outlined the impact of the program, results from the process monitoring, the successes, and challenges of the program; and enabled recommendations for scale up.

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