Apprenticeships through procurement

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Procurement and s106

Apprenticeships in the supply chain

Each year local authorities spend a large amount of money on works, goods and services, which are essential to the delivery of services for the community. In procuring and commissioning such works, goods and services, local authorities have an opportunity to implement a range of initiatives that can provide local skills training, apprenticeships and employment opportunities.

Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012

Since 2013 local authorities have been bound by the Act, which requires public bodies to take into account how their procurement decisions can improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of their area.

In practice this will mean different things in different areas, and local authorities will want to tailor their implementation of the Act to meet local needs.

Read guidance from the Cabinet Office for procurers.

Sources of guidance and further information

Useful guidance to help you encourage employment and skills through procurement:

London Councils Resources

Other Resources

Case Studies

Examples of local authorities utilising procurement to increase local employment and skills:

Manchester People into Construction Scheme

Manchester City Council sustainable procurement policy

South Tyneside Impact of Social Clauses

Manchester City Council Aspire Scheme

City of London Community Benefit Clauses

LB Haringey BSF Apprenticeship programme


London borough case studies using Section 106

  • London Borough of Hillingdon's planning obligations guidance also details how they include employment and skills in planning and their approach to construction projects
  • London Borough of Southwark's Section 106 guidance for developers includes detailed information and formulae to calculate required contributions across different areas, including employment and skills (an example of the contributions in action is the More London development, where jobs and skills training have been delivered through s106 contributions)
  • the Planning Obligations Guidance from the Royal Borough of Greenwich sets out the range and level of contributions which will be expected from developments in the borough (this includes methods for calculating contributions towards employment and training)
  • London Borough of Ealing's Supplementary Planning Document 9 describes the range of planning obligations they may impose on developments, how they go about setting priorities and the indicative level of contributions for different types of contribution, including Community and Economic Capacit