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Early Impact Evaluation of Apprenticeship Reforms

CFE is working in partnership with the University of Westminster and Education Datalab to evaluate the early impact of the Government’s apprenticeship reforms. The study began in March 2015 and will run for two years. It is generating evidence to inform the ongoing development of apprenticeship occupational standards, which are developed by partnership groups that include employers. Unlike the existing frameworks, the new standards are designed with a specific occupation in mind and provide the requisite skills to perform the role to a set level. The main objectives of the study are to review:

• the relevance and quality of the new standards;
• the levels of employer co-investment;
• the impact of Maximum Government Contributions;
• the effectiveness of incentive payments the types of training and other services that are being purchased and offered; and
• the extent of additionality afforded by the apprenticeship reforms.

This is a mixed methods evaluation that combines sophisticated econometric analysis using matched secondary data with exploratory case study work.

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Key project contact

Rachael Archer

Since joining CFE Research in 2015, Rachael has been responsible for managing research into the further education (FE) and skills sector. This includes a number of evaluations of the government’s changes to FE policy, for instance its FE reforms programme, area reviews of FE provision, and apprenticeship reforms, as well as an impact study for the sector’s independent think tank, the Further Education Trust for Leadership.

Experienced in managing teams conducting both qualitative and quantitative research methods, Rachael is also skilled in handling and analysing large datasets using SPSS and is a trained user of the survey programming software Confirmit.