Public sector apprenticeship target

The government have set a target for public sector bodies, 2.3% of their current workforce (based on headcount) are to be apprentices. This target runs from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2021

The government have requested public sector bodies to publish their number of apprenticeships annually and report this data to the Department for Education. The first year annual publication is for the period 01 April 2017 – 31 March 2018.

The first reporting period deadline is the 30 September 2018. Our response must be recorded on the Education and Skills Funding Agency, Digital Apprenticeship Service System and published via the authorities internet site for public access.

There are 6 questions to be answered and published, they are as follows:

Question Answer
Number of employees who were working in England on 31 March 2017 31,876
Number of employees who were working in England on 31 March 2018 31,399
Number of new employees who started working for you in England between 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 3,738
Number of apprentices who were working in England on 31 March 2017 66
Number of apprentices who were working in England on 31 March 2018 208
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) 221

Reporting percentages

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 5.91%
Percentage of total headcount that were apprentices on 31 March 2018 0.66%
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 0.69%