Public Sector Duty

The Department for Education has confirmed that a minimum of 2.3 per cent of the workforce in public sector bodies in England will have to be Apprentices by 2020.

The Apprenticeship target relates to the number of Apprentices working for a public body in England.

  • As part of the commitment to 3m Apprenticeship starts by 2020, the Government want to expand the number of Apprenticeships within the public sector to improve the capacity and capability whilst, ensuring that the public sector benefits from the same positive impacts as in the rest of the economy and enable more people to achieve their potential.
  •  As part of this the Government want to encourage Local authorities and schools to work together, using the levy to meet skills gaps and plan future workforce needs
  • The Government has carefully considered its requirement for schools and requires them to actively consider apprentices as part of workforce planning and ‘have regard’ to the target.
  • The Government is working with the schools sector to address perceived barriers to taking on Apprentices. There are now standards in development for Teachers, Teaching Assistants and School Business Directors, as well as a range of other broader standards that could be used by the wider schools workforce.
  • Schools which are maintained by an LA and where the LA is also the employer are expected to be included in the relevant local government target.
  • Other schools will be treated separately and only those organisations with a workforce of 250 or more in England will be in scope.

You can read more about the Public Sector Duty here

Skills minister, Robert Halfon said:“We are committed to breaking down barriers and creating a ladder of opportunity for people everywhere,”

“Now it is time to ensure the public sector reaps the benefits of Apprenticeships and young people get the opportunities they deserve.”

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