Since 2009 and 2012, London boroughs have created over 3,500 new apprenticeships for young people in London. Over 80% of the apprentices were aged under 25, and over a third were NEET before starting their apprenticeship.
Background to London borough apprenticeship target
Back in 2008 there was a very low proportion of apprentices in London compared to nationally, which was particularly true of apprentices in the public sector.
Baseline figures collected by London Councils in 2008 estimated that London boroughs and their suppliers were collectively hosting 340 apprenticeships. Local authorities have an ageing workforce with numerous skills gaps in areas such as planning and environmental services, so there was also a business case for recruiting apprentices.
In this context, a pan-London apprenticeship ‘ambition’ of 2000 was proposed, which equates to 60 apprentices per borough between 2009 and 2012.
This ambition was ratified by all local authority Leaders in October 2008, and a formal launch event was held in January 2009 to celebrate this commitment. More information about the launch event can be found here.
The project is steered and supported by the London Borough Apprenticeship Sub-group.