House of Commons: Apprentices

House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 4th March 2019.

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Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Chair, Education Committee

To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the House of Commons currently meeting the Public Sector Apprenticeship Target of employing at least 2.3 per cent of their staff as new apprentice starts; and whether steps are being taking to ensure that target is met by March 2021.

Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Chair, Education Committee

To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the House of Commons is taking any steps to exceed the public sector apprenticeship target.

Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Chair, Education Committee

To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the Commission has plans to increase the (a) number and (b) range of apprenticeship programmes provided by the House of Commons.

Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union)

The House does not currently meet the public sector apprenticeship target but plans to meet or exceed it by March 2021. That would require around 55 apprentices per year based on current headcount. A new lead provider was appointed in September 2018 with a broader training offering. Work is also ongoing across the House to identify apprenticeship roles including upskilling of existing employees through an apprenticeship, and recruitment of new apprentices.

The House’s priority is to meet the 2.3% target by March 2021. However, if in a position to do so we will review this to see what more can be done, once the target has been met.

The number of apprenticeships offered has increased from 10 per year (2012–2018) to 12 in January 2019, with further enrolments planned over the coming months to reach around 25 to 30 apprentices by April 2019.

The range of apprenticeship programmes on offer has been expanded from two to fourteen Standards since September 2018 and this is expected to be expanded further during 2019.

A ‘Standard’ is the name of the apprenticeship training which replaced the older style ‘Frameworks’ training when the Apprenticeship Levy was introduced in May 2017.

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