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Tuesday 11 September.

The public-sector apprenticeships target was introduced by government in April 2017 and sets a target for any public-sector employer in England with at least 250 employees to employ an average of 2.3% of their staff headcount as new apprentice starts between 1 April 2017 and March 2021. 

We recently reported back to central government our progress towards meeting the target for the 2017/2018 year, and were delighted to report that we were employing 2.78% of our headcount as apprentices. 

We run a popular and successful apprenticeship programme that employs around eight apprentices a year. The apprentices are provided with their required apprenticeship qualification training, as well as our own internal development programme and mentor support. Most of our apprentices secure employment at the end of their training, either staying with the council or moving to a new employer. 

We aim to continue to run this programme, as well as provide apprenticeship qualification training to existing staff to support the upskilling of the workforce and provide development opportunities where we might not have otherwise been able to.

It is expected that by continuing with the apprenticeship programme, and providing training to existing staff, that we will continue to meet the target until 2021.

The below figures reflect the reporting period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018:

Number of employees who work in England
Number of employees on 31 March 2017 324
Number of employees on 31 March 2018 309
Number of new employees who started work between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018 30

 

Number of apprentices who work in England
Number of apprectices on 31 March 2017 8
Number of apprentices on 31 March 2018 10
Number of new apprentices who started work between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018, including both new hires and existing employees who started an apprenticeship 9

 

Reporting percentages
Percentage of apprenticeship starts (both new and existing employees who started an apprenticeship) as a proportion of employment starts between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018 30%
Percentage of total headcount that were apprecitces on 31 March 2018 3.24%
Percentage of apprenticeship starts (both new and existing employees who started an apprenticeship) between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018 as a proportion of total headcount on 31 March 2017 2.78%
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