2018 Report details for project: Armed Forces People Programme

Project name: Armed Forces People Programme - there are 2 reports for this project: 2018, 2019
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Organisation: MOD (D17) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2018 (data is from Sept 2017)
Category: Transformation - see all reports for this category
Description: The Armed Forces People Programme (AFPP) has two primary objectives, as follows: a.Modernise the Offer for the Armed Forces by developing policies that better reflect the realities of modern life and aspirations of our Service personnel and potential new recruits. Support the Services in their activity to attract and retain sufficient capable and motivated people; providing evidence on the offer through qualitative focus groups, quantitative survey data, financial profiling and remunerative comparisons with the wider economy (noting the differences between the Armed Forces and nearest comparator employers), to demonstrate that the policies enhance the people component of military capability. (Attractiveness) b.Implement coherent changes that enables Defence to make ‘the Offer’ affordable in an enduring way and to realise the financial savings agreed in SDSR15. (Affordability) The Programme initially consists of four projects, known as the ‘AF People Projects’, as follows: a.Future Accommodation Model (FAM): We are developing a new accommodation model that will improve choice, help more Service personnel rent private accommodation and better meet their aspirations for home ownership whilst still fulfilling the needs of the Services, and reduces current requirement for capital investment in Service accommodation. b.Flexible Engagements System (FES): We are developing a Flexible Engagements System that will enable Regular Service personnel to vary the nature of their Service, enabling flexible working and exploring the scope to adjust liability for deployment in order to support an individual’s personal circumstances, and provide agility for the Services in terms of employing the appropriate personnel. Flexible engagements will also provide improved opportunities for Reservists to be employed in higher commitment jobs. c.New Joiners Offer (NJO): We are developing a new package for future recruits that will enable the recruitment and retention of sufficient numbers of capable and motivated Service personnel into the future while making sure our new offer is better targeted and more sustainable. d.Enterprise Approach (EA): We are exploring with Industry how to better employ scarce skills across the Defence enterprise and build our, and industry’s, skills base. Pathfinder projects will initially test the concept in priority areas.
DCA (RAG): Amber/Red
DCA text: Key actions to improve IPA RAG include resolving programme resourcing and budget issues (including filling some key posts across the programme) and reviewing/agreeing the way forward for the New Joiner Offer(NJO) project.
Start date: 2015-11-25
End date: 2021-03-31
Schedule text: The programme remains broadly on track to meet its principal delivery milestones but tight timelines and delays in agreeing resources mean there is risk in successfully meeting these. Nonetheless, the four projects in AFPP (Future Accommodation Model (FAM), Future Engagement System (FES), New Joiner Offer (NJO), and Enterprise Approach (EA) – have all made progress on developing their policy design and concepts and overall delivery timescales remain feasible: FES-related legislation commenced its passage through Parliament (and recently completed its Report Stage in the House of Lords; FAM was considered by the MOD Investment Approvals Committee and will probably down select its options for its pilot phase; for NJO, works ongoing to refine and model the policy options that are due to be presented to key stakeholders for final decisions over course of the autumn. EA completed its review of its overall approach for the rest of its concept phase, which will see work expanded to look at other critical skills areas.
Baseline: £11.10m
Forecast: £24.56m
Variance: 121.00%
Variance text: The AFPP is forecasting against the agreed FY15/16 budget for the programme and since then programme costs have increased. Key reasons for cost increases include the requirement for more detailed policy work and modelling than originally anticipated (on FAM); delays to policy making down-selection decisions for NJO; and decision to accelerate FES work to meet Parliamentary timescales.
Whole Life Cost: £57.38m
WLCost text: The Budgeted whole life cost for the AFPP was fixed in FY15/16, when the final scope of policy changes required to deliver programme benefits was unclear and this is not sufficient to cover actual forecast programme costs in the period FY17/18 to FY20/21. We intend to undertaken a bottom-up costing of AFPP requirements based on a more mature understanding of programme scope and delivery plans (e.g. a clearer requirement for IT change). This will be used to construct a revised financial bid for the programme.
Sourcefile: IPA_2018.csv

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