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Funding rates for NVQs and apprenticeships: 112 retail: final report on review

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Funding rates for NVQs and appenticeships: ACI 112 retail - final report on review Funding Rates for NVQs and Apprenticeships 112 Retail - Final Report on Review.doc 07/02/2007 1 112 Retail - Final Report on Review This paper sets out a summary of the findings of the review of delivery models, activity levels and activity costs for the Retail frameworks Background The review of activity costs is based on a standard methodology and modelling tools that are being applied consistently across all sectors in scope. The approach is based on: - Access to LSC data to inform the review - Dialogue with the sector body on apprenticeship issues - Interviews with effective providers (i.e. those providers with good or above average inspection grades and apprenticeship success rates) to establish activity levels - An expert panel meeting to review data and evidence on activity levels - Modelling of activity costs against provider data and panel advice - Consultation with the sector on the panel advice and issues emerging - Moderation of panel advice by an LSC project group A Phased Approach to Reviews Apprenticeship frameworks have been reviewed in four phases over the period from September 2005 to December 2006. Frameworks reviews in phase 1 were completed in January 2006 leading to funding rate changes in August 2006. The activity costs models and assumptions were maintained over the four phases but the methodology was enhanced in phase 2 to include improved information for expert panels and more detailed feedback to providers on issues and expert panel advice. The Retail frameworks were reviewed in phase 1. This report includes some summary data and information and activity costs presentation material that was developed as part of phase 2. Funding Rates for NVQs and Apprenticeships 112 Retail - Final Report on Review.doc 07/02/2007 2 LSC Data Numbers in Learning Starts (Monthly Average 2005)* 16 - 19 19+ Total Apprenticeship 56% 44

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