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Public sector apprenticeship target

Our apprenticeship target

Public sector bodies with 250 or more staff have a target set by the government to employ an average of at least 2.3% of their staff as new apprentice starts each year. As a public sector body we must:

  • Report our data annually
  • Explain how we reached the target or not, including the actions we have taken to challenge obstacles preventing us from meeting the target

Data publication

  • Apprenticeship starts (both new hires and existing employees who started an apprenticeship) as a proportion of employment starts between 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 - 6.5%
  • Total headcount that were apprentices on 31 March 2019 - 2.12%
  • Apprenticeship starts (both new hires and existing employees who started an apprenticeship) between 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 as a proportion of total headcount on 31 March 2018 - 1%
  • Number of employees who were working in England on 31 March 2018 - 404
  • Number of employees who were working in England on 31 March 2019 - 424
  • Number of new employees who started working for you in England between 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 - 61
  • Number of apprentices who were working in England on 31 March 2018 - 6
  • Number of apprentices who were working in England on 31 March 2019 - 9
  • Number of new apprentices in England between 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 (includes both new hires and existing employees who started an apprenticeship) - 4

Meeting the target

We are committed to meeting the government apprenticeship target. We have in place an apprenticeship, internship and work placement scheme aligned with our strategic priority of ‘nurturing and attracting talent’ to increase apprenticeships in our workforce over the next four years.

Below are the actions we achieved in 2018/19:

  • We supported budget for two additional apprentice posts in 2018/19 and have nine apprentices in post on the 31 March 2019
  • We will continue to identify apprentice opportunities as part of service workforce planning and a ‘grow our own approach’ to meeting skills needs
  • We have built on this in 2018/19 with apprentices in new areas including housing, electrical installation, built environment and design and animal care
  • We pay at least the national living wage for an apprentice’s age as opposed to apprenticeship rate or the rate for the post to ensure that as an organisation we are competitive in the labour market to attract, recruit and retain apprentices
  • We make sure apprenticeships are considered as viable vacancies and new post options for new and existing staff
  • We support work experience and placement opportunities, working with the Department for Work and Pensions to support those not in education, employment or training (NEET’s) to help develop their skills and suitability for apprenticeships in the future

For more information about apprenticeships or any of our targets please contact us.

Last updates: ‎17/10/2019 17:04