The number of apprenticeships created by London boroughs has grown for the sixth consecutive year, data published by London Councils has shown.

Just over 2,000 new apprentices were hired by boroughs and their supply chains in 2016/17, taking the total number of apprenticeships created since 2009 to more than 11,000. Efforts to boost the number of apprentices recruited into council supply chains cross London were particularly successful, up by 26 per cent compared to the previous year. […]

Just over 2,000 new apprentices were hired by boroughs and their supply chains in 2016/17, taking the total number of apprenticeships created since 2009 to more than 11,000.

Efforts to boost the number of apprentices recruited into council supply chains cross London were particularly successful, up by 26 per cent compared to the previous year.

Boroughs and their supply chains offer apprenticeships in a range of industries including construction, finance and economic development.

Peter John, deputy chair of London Councils and executive member for business, skills and Brexit, said: “It is fantastic news that London boroughs are continuing to fulfil their role as community leaders by creating opportunities for young Londoners from all backgrounds to apply their talents and begin their careers with local government and their partners here in the capital.

“This data shows that boroughs are excelling at helping businesses in their supply chains recruit more apprentices, but they and other employers could do much more if they were able to make better use of the Apprenticeship Levy.

Our success also demonstrates the impact London government can have working together with business to create new apprenticeship opportunities. That’s why we’re also calling for any unspent Apprenticeship Levy funds generated in the capital to be devolve

London Councils explained that central government is allowing employers to transfer 10% of their apprenticeship levy funding to supply chains from April 2018, although the group added that this is not enough, and that government should increase the proportion they can pass on.

It also said that devolving unspent Apprenticeship Levy funds to London government would enable the mayor and the boroughs to increase access to opportunities by underrepresented groups and build capacity with small businesses and identify gaps in apprenticeship standards.

The organisation has also used the new figures to renew its call for a full skills devolution deal to London government, adding that this is the best way to ensure the entire skills system including apprenticeships meet the unique training and employment needs of the capital.

The 10% allowance will be permitted from April next year but London Councils argue this does not enough go far enough.




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