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.