Since 2009 just over 5,000 apprenticeships have been created by London boroughs. In 2014 alone London’s boroughs created 754 opportunities for young people who were previously not in education, employment or training (NEET), 1075 apprenticeships were offered at Level 2 (so aimed at people with low skills) and 555 opportunities created for young people between the ages of 16–18.
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. London boroughs exceeded their targets and continue to generate apprenticeship opportunities.
The project is steered and supported by the London Borough Apprenticeship Sub-group.
London Councils have a number of case studies highlighting apprenticeships in different sectors. Please contact Jane Harrison for copies of these case studies.