Apprenticeships play a vital role in growing Staffordshire’s economy, and we have been working with our training provider, Entrust, since the introduction of the new Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017 to develop our programme. Whilst there are areas that require further development, the investment we have made into apprenticeships to date has meant more people than ever before have been able to take that important step up into the world of work or to develop their skills.
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.
Staffordshire County Council fully supports the Government’s apprenticeships reform agenda and the introduction of the public sector target, the transparency it provides and how this will encourage employers to act sooner to help reposition apprenticeships as the primary solution to technical and vocational skills development.
As a public-sector body in scope we must report annually on our progress towards meeting the target and publish our ‘Data Publication’;
Data Publication statement (555 KB)
If you are a young person interested in apprenticeships information is available on the national apprenticeships website.