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.