New targets for public sector in 'apprenticeships revolution'

Will Martin

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Plans to make public sector employers take on more apprentices were announced today by skills minister Nick Boles.

The Enterprise Bill proposes that public bodies with at least 250 employees would be required to ensure that a minimum of 2.3 per cent of their recruits each year are apprentices.

The bill is intended to create thousands more apprenticeships in every part of the public sector in England, from the army to the civil service. Based on latest headcounts, the duty would apply to 16 out of 24 ministerial departments.

Mr Boles said: “Our apprenticeships revolution has already given 2.4 million people the chance to learn the skills they need to get on in life, with businesses leading the way. Now it’s time for the public sector to step up and give those same opportunities as we turbo-charge our drive to give youngsters the best start to working life.”

To have your say on the plans, visit the public consultation website.

Earier this week the Association of Employment and Leaning Providers warned that the number of apprenticeships was "not growing at a pace we would like", depite the government insisting it was still on track with its target of creating 3 million more apprenticeships by 2020.

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