These pilots sought to assess the effectiveness of the training of low‐skilled employees by evaluating its impact on the operation of the employing organization. It offered free or low‐cost training for vocational qualifications at level 2 on the National Qualifications Framework, and entry to level 2 qualifications in literacy and numeracy. The first ETPs were carried out in local Learning and Skills Councils (LSCs) in 2002, and the provision was expanded to the remaining local LSCs after a positive evaluation. As well as providing both employers and employees with information, advice, and guidance on a variety of training provisions, the pilots offered wage compensation to employers who gave employees paid time off in which to train. The initiative came to a close in 2005.
http://www.dfes.gov.uk/research/data/uploadfiles/ETP2.pdf Presents an evaluation of the second year of the initiative.