Consultation on apprenticeship targets for public sector bodies

Close date: 4 March 2016

The Government consults on its proposals for imposing apprenticeship targets on public sector employers in England, as part of the Government's programme of reaching three million apprenticeships in England by 2020.

The Enterprise Bill contains a provision that will allow apprenticeship targets to be set for public sector bodies and that will require employers to publish information annually on their progress towards meeting the apprenticeship target. The new duty will apply to public bodies that employ 250 or more employees, and the target will be set at a minimum of 2.3% of the total headcount. The consultation invites views on, among other things, the list of public bodies to be included within the scope of the new duty, whether or not the reporting requirement should be wider to include more information, and whether or not the proposed approach to setting the target is correct.
Consultation document: Apprenticeship targets for public sector bodies