London borough apprenticeships grow by a quarter

  • By Gemma Kappala-R...

The total number of apprenticeships delivered by London boroughs continues to rise, new data published by London Councils reveals.

London boroughs have bucked the national trend, which in October saw a 25 per cent  decline in the amount of apprenticeships created by employers in England. In 2017-18 London boroughs increased the total number of apprenticeships they created by 25 per cent compared to last year.

The number of apprenticeships generated by boroughs, their contractors and apprenticeship training agencies (ATAs) since 2009 has also grown to 13,570 – an increase of 2,570 since last year.

Overall, the total number of apprenticeships created by London boroughs has continued to rise each year since 2010-11. This year’s increase is driven by a 78 per cent increase in the number of apprenticeships created within London boroughs.

Cllr Georgia Gould, London Councils Executive Member for Skills and Employment, said:

“These figures show that London boroughs are a good source of opportunities for people from all backgrounds to develop their skills and make a positive impact in their communities.

“Defying national trends to increase apprenticeship opportunities by 25 per cent illustrates the power of London local government working together to create new apprenticeships.

“London Councils welcomes the raising of the cap on the amount of apprenticeship levy employers can transfer to their supply chain – from 10 per cent to 25 per cent.

“However there is still much more that can be done to make apprenticeships and the wider skills system work for Londoners.”

London Councils is calling on government to ringfence unspent Apprenticeship Levy funds to London government to enable the Mayor and the boroughs to increase access to quality training to disadvantaged communities, build capacity with small businesses and improve apprenticeship standards.

London Councils is also seeking a more ambitious skills devolution deal for London government to ensure the entire skills system addresses the capital’s unique training and employment needs.

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Notes to Editors:

According to DfE data published today (Thursday October 25) there have been 369,700 apprenticeship starts reported to date in England between August 2017 and July 2018. This compares to 491,300 and 503,700 reported in the equivalent period in 2016/17 and 2015/16 respectively.

Every year, London Councils collects data from all London boroughs on:

• The number of apprentices directly recruited by boroughs.
• The number of apprentices recruited by contractors that deliver services on behalf of a borough.
• The number of apprentices placed with ATAs where boroughs pay the salary and provide the placements for, but do not employ the apprentice.