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Course in Life Skills Pilot Project Evaluation Final Report Life Skills Course – Pilot Project Evaluation 1 1 Contents Executive Summary .............................................................................................................. 4 Introduction ........................................................................................................................... 7 Scope ...................................................................................................
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  Life Skills Course – Pilot Project Evaluation 1 1 Course in Life Skills Pilot Project EvaluationFinal Report   Life Skills Course – Pilot Project Evaluation 2 2   Contents Executive Summary .............................................................................................................. 4   Introduction ........................................................................................................................... 7   Scope ................................................................................................................................... 9   Approach ............................................................................................................................ 10   Alignment with Queensland Government Strategies ........................................................... 12   Queensland Health ...................................................................................................... 12   Department of Education and Training ......................................................................... 18   Summary of Achievements ................................................................................................. 20   Table of findings relating to overall performance of Life Skills Course ................................. 21   Program Content ................................................................................................................. 22   Table of findings relating to Life Skills Tool Box Content ..................................................... 22   Program Delivery ................................................................................................................ 23   Table of findings relating to Life Skills Course Delivery ....................................................... 24   Impact of the Program......................................................................................................... 25   Program Challenges ........................................................................................................... 26   Conclusions ........................................................................................................................ 27   Recommendations .............................................................................................................. 28   1.   Plan for expansion of the program ........................................................................ 29   2.   Establish capability to measure results ................................................................. 30   3.   Increase visibility of, profile of and focus on the program ...................................... 31   4.   Consider the extent to which the Program can be integrated into education as wellas mental health. .......................................................................................................... 32   5.   Investigate extended delivery options ................................................................... 33   6.   Investigate alternative/additional recurring funding options ................................... 34   7.   Complimentary training provided to staff involved with apprentices ....................... 35   8.   Maintain passion, connectivity, earthy quality, smartness of delivery .................... 36   Appendix A: Interview List ................................................................................................... 37   Appendix B: Table of Ratings .............................................................................................. 39     Life Skills Course – Pilot Project Evaluation 3 3   Contents Appendix C: Modules Reported by Participants as “Key Learning”...................................... 40   Appendix D: Modules Reported by Participants as “Most Helpful” ....................................... 41   Appendix E: Anecdotes ....................................................................................................... 42   Disclaimer This report was prepared for Mates In Construction and is based on the work described on Pages 8 and 9. It is to be used by Mates In Construction and the funders of the Pilot Project to assess the success of the Project to date.   Life Skills Course – Pilot Project Evaluation 4 4   Executive Summary Executive Summary The “Course in Life Skills”, previously known as the “Life Skills Toolbox” (“the Course”) is aprogram aimed at increasing basic life skills and thereby improving resilience in ConstructionIndustry apprentices. The Program is a major initiative of the Construction Industry inQueensland to address the comparatively high level of suicides in the Industry, particularlyamong younger men. The Tool Box was srcinally developed by OZ Help Foundation andhas been adopted by Mates In Construction (“MIC”), previously known as OzHelpQueensland.A project to pilot the Course in the Queensland Construction Industry (“the Project”) wasfunded by Queensland Health and commenced in 2008. This pilot project is to assess themost appropriate ways to deliver the Course. The pilot project consisted of delivering theCourse to 500 apprentices over a three year period as part of their apprenticeship.ArkAeon was engaged to undertake an evaluation of the pilot project. An interim review wasundertaken of the first to12 months of the project, and the final review was completed inFebruary 2011. An interim report was issues in February 2010. This report sets out theoverall findings of the evaluation and encompasses both the interim and final findings.The approach to the evaluation was to conduct a series of structured interviews coveringmajor stakeholder groups including management, facilitators, participants, unions,employers, funders and the training colleges.In addition, key documents, reports and other information relevant to the Project and theProgram were examined.A recent Senate Reference Committee report entitled “The Hidden Toll: Suicide in Australia”concludes that “at least six Australian lives are taken by suicide every day, however therecontinues to be a lack of public awareness about the impact of suicide on the community”.Among the Committee’s recommendations are that groups at increased risk of suicideshould continue to be targeted with specific programs.It is clear the program aligns with Queensland Government strategies, particularly those ofQueensland Health and the Department of Education and Training. It contributes to thestated mission and objectives of the Queensland Plan for Mental Health 2007-2017, and theprinciples under which the Course operates are in alignment with the plan. This alignment isalso evident through the priorities, actions and desired outcomes prescribed by the plan andthe actions and outcomes delivered through the program. The evaluation found that the pilot project has been very successful. Feedback fromparticipants, employer and unions is overwhelmingly positive. On a scale of 1 to 5, theinterviewees rated the overall success as 4.25.
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