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Public sector apprenticeship targets

The Apprenticeship Levy is a levy on UK employers to fund new apprenticeships.

The government wants to increase productivity by investing in human capital. As part of this, they are committed to developing vocational skills, and to increasing the quantity and quality of apprenticeships. They have committed to an additional 3 million apprenticeship starts in England by 2020.

Each council has been set a target to help achieve the government’s commitment. This runs from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2021. It is set at 2.3% of the total number of council employees.

We are required to report annually on our progress towards this target. The information below is taken from our first annual return to the Department for Education detailing our progress towards meeting the target.

April 2017 to April 2018

Number of employees

Table showing number of employees working in the council

Information

Number of employees

Number of employees who were working in England on 31 March 2017

3,903

Number of employees who were working in England on 31 March 2018

3275

Number of new employees who started working for you in England between 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018

149

Number of apprentices

Table showing the number of apprentices

Detail

Number of apprentices

Number of apprentices who were working in England on 31 March 2017

0

Number of apprentices who were working in England on 31 March 2018

25

Number of new apprentices in England between 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 (includes both new hires and existing employees who started an apprenticeship)

32

Reporting percentages

Table showing the reporting percentages for apprentices in the workforce

Detail

Percentage

Percentage of apprenticeship starts
(both new hires and existing employees who started an apprenticeship)
as a proportion of employment starts between 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018

21.48%

Percentage of total headcount that were apprentices on 31 March 2018

0.76%

Percentage of apprenticeship starts
(both new hires and existing employees who started an apprenticeship)
between 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 as a proportion of total headcount on 31 March 2017

0.82%

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