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 annual return to the Department for Education detailing our progress towards meeting the target.

April 2020 to April 2021

Number of employees

Number of employees at the council
Detail Number of employees
Number of employees who were working in England on 31 March 2020 3,076
Number of employees who were working in England on 31 March 2021 3,040
Number of new employees who started working for you in England between 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 291

Number of apprentices

Number of apprentices at the council
Detail Number of apprentices
Number of apprentices who were working in England on 31 March 2020 54
Number of apprentices who were working in England on 31 March 2021 35
Number of new apprentices in England between 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 (includes both new hires and existing employees who started an apprenticeship) 15

Reporting percentages

Percentages of apprentices at the council
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 2020 to 31 March 2021 5.15%
Percentage of total headcount that were apprentices on 31 March 2021 1.15%
Percentage of apprenticeship starts (both new hires and existing employees who started an apprenticeship) between 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 as a proportion of total headcount on 31 March 2020 0.49%

April 2019 to April 2020

Number of employees

Number of employees at the council
Detail Number of employees
Number of employees who were working in England on 31 March 2019 3,068
Number of employees who were working in England on 31 March 2020 3,076
Number of new employees who started working for you in England between 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 489

Number of apprentices

Number of apprentices in the council
Detail Number of apprentices
Number of apprentices who were working in England on 31 March 2019 63
Number of apprentices who were working in England on 31 March 2020 54
Number of new apprentices in England between 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 (includes both new hires and existing employees who started an apprenticeship) 9

Reporting percentages

Percentages of apprentices in the council
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 2019 to 31 March 2020 1.84%
Percentage of total headcount that were apprentices on 31 March 2020 1.76%
Percentage of apprenticeship starts (both new hires and existing employees who started an apprenticeship) between 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 as a proportion of total headcount on 31 March 2019 0.29%

April 2018 to April 2019

Number of employees

Number of employees at the council
Detail Number of employees
Number of employees who were working in England on 31 March 2018 3,275
Number of employees who were working in England on 31 March 2019 3,068
Number of new employees who started working for you in England between 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 151

Number of apprentices

Number of apprentices at the council
Detail Number of apprentices
Number of apprentices who were working in England on 31 March 2018 25
Number of apprentices who were working in England on 31 March 2019 63
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) 53

Reporting percentages

Percentages of apprentices at the council
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 2018 to 31 March 2019 35.10%
Percentage of total headcount that were apprentices on 31 March 2019 2.05%
Percentage of 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 1.62%

April 2017 to April 2018

Number of employees

Number of employees at the council
Detail 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 3,275
Number of new employees who started working for you in England between 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 149

Number of apprentices

Number of apprentices at the council
Detail Number of apprentices
Number of apprentices who were working in England on 31 March 2017 None
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

Percentages of apprentices in the council
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%