In 2018 AMION carried out a summative assessment of the KEEN project for the University of Wolverhampton.
This ERDF-funded project worked with SMEs to help maximise their potential through the placement in the business of a recent graduate and support from a participating university. Each graduate was supported by an expert from one of the participating universities. The project was led by the University of Wolverhampton and run in partnership with Aston University, Birmingham City University, Coventry University and Coventry University Enterprises. The project delivers support across the areas covered by the Black Country LEP, the Marches LEP, Coventry and Warwickshire LEP and the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP.
The evaluation included a survey of beneficiaries (carried out by Spirul) and consultations with project staff from the partner universities. It also included a case study of one intervention from the company, graduate and academic expert perspectives.
Our evaluation demonstrated that the project had been successful in achieving its targets and objectives.