London Councils Resources
A comprehensive briefing for boroughs on the latest policy changes on apprenticeships, including the Apprenticeship Levy; the Public Sector Apprenticeship Target; Apprenticeship Frameworks, Standards and Trailblazers; the Institute for Apprenticeships and the Post-16 Skills Plan to reform technical education. The document also contains links to a wide variety of information on apprenticeships available on the SFA and DfE websites.
The government published its draft Operational Plan for the Institute for Apprenticeships in February 2017. London Councils response to the consultation on these proposals can be found at the above link.
The government published its draft strategic guidance for the Institute for Apprenticeships in January 2017. London Councils response to the consultation on these proposals can be found at the above link.
In December 2016, the Skills Funding Agency conducted a short consultation to solicit views on the development of the Apprenticeship Levy funds transfer system, set to be introduced in 2018. The system will allow Levy-paying employers to transfer up to 10% of its Levy funds to another employer(s). London Councils response to this survey is available at the above link.
The Government has announced its proposals for apprenticeship funding in England from May 2017. There will be 15 new funding bands replacing the existing six, but both the disadvantage uplift and London's Area Cost Adjustment will be removed. Employers will be able to transfer up to 10% of their Levy funds to another employer from 2018 (though not in the first year of the new system) potentially allowing for some support to generate apprenticeships in boroughs' supply chains. The government recently consulted on these proposals and London Councils submitted a response which is embedded in the title link above.
The Enterprise Bill will amend the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 to permit the Secretary of State to set targets for prescribed public bodies in relation to the number of apprentices working for them in England. It is proposed that this duty should apply to public bodies that have 250 or more employees in England with each required to deliver apprenticeship starts equivalent to 2.3 per cent of their headcount of employees each year. The government recently consulted on how the apprenticeship target should be implemented and London Councils submitted a response which is embedded in the title link above.
This resource, put together by London Councils and NAS, is designed to support line managers to understand how apprenticeships work, how to get the best out of an apprentice, and what to do if things aren't working out as expected. It includes case studies and tips from managers and apprentices themselves, and is suitable for both the public and private sector.
A toolkit for employers, with comprehensive information on all you need to know about recruiting an apprentice, how to gain support within your organisation, and dispelling some of the myths around apprenticeships.
This document looks at some of the barriers faced by young people leaving care when trying to access apprenticeships, and some of the work done by London boroughs to support them to improve their skills and readiness for work. It includes case studies from a variety of boroughs.