Public sector apprenticeship target
Public sector apprenticeship target

The following Employment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Public sector apprenticeship target
  • To whom the duty applies
  • The target
  • Reporting requirements

Certain prescribed public sector bodies, including those with 250 or more staff in England, have a target under the Public Sector Apprenticeship Targets Regulations 2017 (the 2017 Regulations), SI 2017/513, to employ an average of at least 2.3% of their staff as new apprentice starts annually over the relevant target period.

This Practice Note sets out:

  1. to which public sector bodies the duty to have regard to the target applies—see To whom the duty applies, below

  2. the target to which public sector bodies in scope of the 2017 Regulations must aim, and who is included in the headcount against which the target is measured—see The target, below

  3. the information that must be published and/or provided to the Department for Education (DfE)—see Reporting requirements, below

For information on apprenticeships generally, see Practice Notes: Apprenticeships and Apprenticeships in Scotland.

The 2017 Regulations came into force on 31 March 2017 under section 9 of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 (ASCLA 2009), and have been subsequently amended:

  1. with effect from 31 March 2018 to bring qualifying academy school proprietors within the scope of the 2017 Regulations

  2. with effect from 31 March 2018 to bring police officers within police forces' headcount

  3. with effect from 1 April 2021 to extend the same target for a further year—1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022

Under the 2017 Regulations, public sector bodies in

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