2020 Report details for project: Apprenticeships Reform Programme

Project name Apprenticeships Reform Programme - there are 5 reports for this project: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
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Organisation DFE (D6) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year 2020 (data is from September 2019)
Category Transformation - see all reports for this category
Description: To create more high quality apprenticeships, meet the skills needs of employers and the country, to create progression for apprentices and to widen participation and social mobility in apprenticeships.
DCA (RAG) Amber/Red
DCA text: The IPA Delivery Confidence Assessment (DCA) rating at Q2 1920 (30th September 2019) was Amber/Red, which has declined since last year's Q2 1819 Amber, due primarily to the following factors; - The amber/red rating at Q2 has improved, and is now Amber. This is a reflection of the reduced delivery risk now that the apprenticeship service has been scaled up to enable access for non-levy paying employers. The move of non-levy employers onto the digital platform happened in January as scheduled, and it was hitch-free. - The severity of predicted funding uncertainty we reported in Q2 has now reduced. Whilst we are still concerned about the uncertainty in demand and the challenges this brings around forecasting, most recent data on apprenticeship starts suggests the funding overrun predicted in 2020/2021 will no longer be the case and the pressures for subsequent years have also reduced. Since the Q2 1920 (30th September 2019) Amber/Red IPA DCA, the following non-project operating environment activities have impacted the original Q2 IPA DCA; - Covid 19 -The economic impact of the virus will have a lasting impact on apprenticeship delivery. Apprentices are being furloughed and laid off; and our delivery chain in respect of independent training providers, and providers of end point assessment is also likely to be put at risk. This work is fast paced and we have not yet got a full evaluation of final impact on forecasted future numbers. Since the Q2 1920 (30th September 2019) Amber/Red IPA DCA, the following primary project actions have impacted the original Q2 IPA DCA; - A bridging business case is now in place to cover the one year SR settlement for 2020/21, and we are working on a new full business case that focusses on longer term delivery.
Start date 2015-05-08
End date 2021-04-01
Schedule text The scheduled baseline project end date at Q2 1920 (30th September 2019) is 01/04/21, has not changed since last year's Q2 1819 date of 01/04/21, due primarily to the following factors; - The Programme baseline end date remains 01/04/21. The programme remains on track to deliver the stated reforms within this timeframe.
Baseline £2,470.01m
Forecast £2,183.00m
Variance -0.12%
Variance text: The 19/20 in-year baseline / forecast variance at Q2 1920 (30th September 2019) of -12%, is due primarily to the following factors; - The budget itself of £2,470m was set in 2015, ahead of the apprenticeships reforms in 2017, and since then there have been a number of external factors that has impacted on the scale and demand for apprenticeships across the country that fall within a range that was expected when the original budget was set. Spending on the apprenticeship programme is demand led, and employers can choose which apprenticeships they offer, how many and when. Since the Q2 1920 (30th September 2019) 19/20 in-year baseline / forecast variance of -12%, the following non-project operating environment activities have impacted the original Q2 19/20 in-year baseline / forecast variance; - The lower spend reflects a number of different factors, including the demand for apprenticeships from employers resulting in lower levels of starts than originally anticipated. Since the Q2 1920 (30th September 2019) 19/20 in-year baseline / forecast variance of -12%, the following primary project actions have impacted the original Q2 19/20 in-year variance; - The apprenticeships service being implemented as a minimum viable service (MVS)
Whole Life Cost £11,347.41m
WLCost text: The baseline Whole Life Cost at Q2 1920 (30th September 2019) is £11,347.41m, has decreased by £0.09m since last year's Q2 1819 (£m) baseline Whole Life Cost of £11,347.50m, due primarily to the following factors;As costs are directly proportional to the number of starts, as starts fall cost does too there has been a reduction in the total costs compared to the previous year's return is explained by a fall in the number of apprenticeship starts projected for 2019-20 and 2020-21
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Sourcefile IPA_2020.csv

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