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Apprenticeships at New Forest District Council - December 2019

The Council is proud of its commitment to apprenticeships. This is fully supported by our Leader and our Executive Management Team.

We do this in two ways:

  • By recruiting new employees as apprentices across our wide range of services

  • By providing and supporting apprenticeship training for our current employees

The Apprenticeship Levy was introduced in 2017, and the Council pays 0.5% of our pay bill into the levy each year. We can draw down on our levy payments to fund apprenticeship training.

Since the introduction of the Levy, 36 people have undertaken apprenticeships with the Council; 26 of these have been undertaken by current employees and 10 as newly recruited apprentices to the Council. For our current employees the apprenticeships have helped them develop in their current roles, and all who have undertaken these confirm they have added value to their role as well as their personal development and confidence. Where possible and appropriate, the Council will seek out opportunities to secure further employment for our apprentices. Of the ten new employees who joined us as apprentices:

  • Five that have successfully completed have now gone on to secure permanent roles with us

  • One has transferred to a further apprenticeship with us

  • Two are currently undertaking their apprenticeship

  • Two left after successful completion of their apprenticeship to pursue other interests.

The table below shows this in detail:

Title, Level, Timeframe

Provider

Number of apprentices

Type of apprentice

Cost of apprenticeship
per person *

Team Leader Level 3 Dec 17 - Oct 19

Brockenhurst College

4

Current employees

£4,350

Business Admin Level 3
Oct 17 - April 19
Oct 18 - Sept 19

Brockenhurst College

2

One new Apprentice, one transferred to Paralegal apprenticeship

£2,500 - £5,000 (prices increased over the 3 years)

Customer Service Level 2
Oct 17 - Feb 19

Brockenhurst College

1

New Apprentice

£1,500

Sustainable Resource Management Level 2
Sept 17 - Nov 18

South West Regional Assessment Centre

2

New Apprentices

£1,500

Assistant Accountant
Level 3
Oct 17 - Nov 18

KAPLAN

1

New Apprentice

£9,000

Diploma & Foundation Degree in Management Level 5
Jan 18 - Nov 19

Solent University

8

Current employees

£9,000

Chartered Manager Degree - Level 6
Oct 17 - Aug 19

Solent University

2

Current employees

£13,500

Heavy Vehicle Maintenance & Repair - Level 3
Sept 17 - Oct 18

City of Bristol College

1

Current permanent employee (previous apprentice with us)

£6,000

Horticulture & Landscaping Level 2
Sept 18 - Sept 20

Sparsholt College

1

Apprentice

£5,000

Business Admin Level 2
Jan 2019 - Jan 2020

Brockenhurst College

1

Apprentice

£2,500

Building Control BSC Honours career path Degree
Sept 19 - Aug 21

Wolverhampton University

1

Newly recruited Trainee

£12,000

Business Administration
Level 3
July 19 - Feb 21

Intech

1

Current employee

£5,000

Paralegal - Level 3
Sept 19 - Aug 21

CILEX Law School

1

Trainee post - previous apprentice

£9,000

Team Leader-Level 3
Oct 19 - Sept 21

Intech

7

Current employees

£4,500

Management Diploma - Level 5
Sept 19 - Aug 21

Solent University

4

Current employees

£5,000

* Please note that these fees were drawn down from the Council's levy payments, this shows the payments to the Levy are well utilised where possible.

As a public sector employer with over 250 staff, the government has set a target of employing an average of at least 2.3% of our workforce as apprentices each year. We must 'have regard' for this target.

Apprenticeship opportunities for new apprentice recruits or current staff are always given full consideration alongside alternative options to ensure this is the best development opportunity. In doing this, we look at the following factors:

  • The content of the relevant apprenticeship programme

  • The skills required by the apprentice and whether these can be met by the apprenticeship

  • The impact of the requirement to spend 20% of the working week 'off the job learning' - both on the employee and on the team

  • The mentoring and support that can be given in the workplace

  • Future opportunities to allow for the learning and development to be put into practice.

Please note: Some apprenticeships undertaken by existing staff last for longer than one year, which can often mean cohorts are not annual. This means that some years there will be many fewer current employees starting apprenticeships than others.

The table below shows NFDC reporting percentages:

NFDC reporting percentages

2017 - 2018

2018 - 2019

Percentage of apprenticeship starts (both new and existing
employees who started an apprenticeship between 1st April
and 31st March

10.86

0.71

Percentage of total headcount that were apprentices on 31 March

2.15

1.51

Percentage of apprenticeship starts (both new and existing employees
who started an apprenticeship) between 1 April and 31 March as a
proportion of the total headcount on 31 March

1.96

0.17

All apprenticeship opportunities are advertised on our recruitment portal http://www.newforest.gov.uk/jobsapply

For further information, please contact HRAdvisoryTeam@nfdc.gov.uk

 

 

 

Updated: 2 Dec 2019
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