Between 2009 and 2013, London boroughs created over 3,700 new apprenticeships for young people in London. Over 80 per cent of the apprentices were aged under 25, and over a third were NEET before starting their apprenticeship.
Two thirds of these apprenticeships were created in boroughs' own workforces, and a third were with companies delivering services on behalf of the boroughs, for example construction or IT contractors.
In June 2013, 7 boroughs launched new projects to engage their local employers in apprenticeships. Funded by the National Apprenticeship Service, these projects aimed to create an additional 550 apprenticeship places by early 2014. For more information about these projects, contact Anna-Maria Volpicelli.
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 2,000 was proposed, which equated 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.