New recruitment goals give public sector apprenticeships a lift

Mar 5, 2019 by

After the government introduced a 2.3% target for employing more apprentices, the armed forces and civil service could soon catch up with the private sector


It can be easy to think that apprenticeships are limited to private companies but, in reality, the public sector is one of the biggest sources of roles that allow people to earn while they learn.

In fact, the government is so keen to demonstrate it practises what it preaches on apprentices that it has set a target for nearly all public bodies with more than 250 employees. By 2021, they must ensure 2.3% of staff are apprentices. When it was last measured in the spring of 2018, the average had risen to 1.9% from 1.4% in the previous year.

The armed forces are way out ahead as the main recruiter of apprentices with the civil service, with the local government and the NHS making significant contributions, too.

Skills and apprenticeships minister, Anne Milton, believes the figures show the public sector is catching up with the private sector who were “quicker off the blocks” when apprenticeships were reorganised in 2017 after the apprenticeship levy. It requires companies with a wage bill above £3m per year to pay 0.5% of the total to a levy that funds their apprenticeship training.

Milton believes that while an apprenticeship in both the private and public sectors are beneficial, the latter has the edge when it comes to supporting local communities.

“The main message behind every apprenticeship is you earn while you learn and that university isn’t for everyone,” she says.

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