Public Sector Apprenticeships
The Apprenticeship Levy comes into effect in May 2017. The Government’s initiative supports their target of 3 million apprentices in employment by 2020 and an increase in the number of skilled workers in the UK. There is recognition that there should be more Apprenticeships in the public sector, so a 2.3% Apprentice headcount target for has been set.
Public Sector Apprenticeships are delivered in business of different sizes including the NHS, local authorities and education.
2.3% Headcount Target
To be in scope for Public Sector Apprenticeships 2.3% headcount target the following criteria will apply:
- More than 250 FT equivalent employees in England
- Ministerial departments (with some exceptions)
- Non ministerial departments (with some exceptions)
- Local Authorities (>250 employees)
- Fire & Rescue – All but the very smallest (Isles of Scilly and Isle of Wight) would be covered by the duty
- All NHS Trusts would be included – GPs and Dental Practices are not in scope as they are classed as private sector and are less than 250 headcount
- The armed forces (British Army, Royal Marines, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force)
- Government Agencies
- Schools which are maintained by a LA and where the LA is also the employer
- Other schools such as free schools, foundation schools, voluntary-aided, and academies/trusts with 250 or more headcount will be covered by the duty
- Other large bodies and public corporations are within scope for the duty. This includes bodies such as Network Rail Ltd, the BBC, Transport for London, Sellafield Ltd, Post Office Ltd, Awe Management Ltd, City of London Corporation.
What you need to do
Therefore, if you need to meet your 2.3% target and you want clear guidance and support talk to the team at IMPACT. While you give instructions we either manage the whole process for you through the Apprentice Training Agency model or carry out the recruitment on your behalf.