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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

Rachael holds an MA in Social Policy and has fifteen years of qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation experience. Since joining CFE Research in 2015, her research and methodological expertise has enabled her to successfully manage a range of projects across all three of the organisation’s sectors of interest. Her varied portfolio currently includes managing the evaluation of Doncaster’s Local Delivery Pilot, studies about the community business market and its use of volunteers, and behavioural research exploring the drivers of young people’s post-16 course selection decisions.

Experienced in managing teams conducting both qualitative and quantitative research methods, Rachael is also skilled in using SPSS and NVivo.

Contact: Rachael.archer@cfe.org.uk