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Apprenticeships: Challenges and opportunities for local authorities

Author: Jo Faragher

We look at the challenges that local authorities face in meeting the public sector apprenticeship target, alongside the opportunities that apprenticeships can present for local government employers.

With budgets cut to the bone, apprenticeships should have a lot to offer local authorities: a chance to "grow their own" talent, build a pipeline of skills they will need for the future, and make their workforces more diverse by targeting younger candidates or those who might not share the same access to the labour market. As large employers, most will be paying the apprenticeship levy (introduced in 2017 and requiring those with a payroll of more than £3 million to pay 0.5% of their wage bill into an apprenticeship funding pot), and will be under pressure to use these funds wisely.

However, local authorities have the added challenge of meeting the public sector apprenticeship target.