Consultation outcome

Public sector apprenticeship targets

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Summary of the responses we received, along with the government’s response outlining the next steps.

Original consultation


We're seeking your views on which public bodies in England should be set targets on the number of apprentices working for them.

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Consultation description

We’re inviting comments on the proposed list of public bodies to be set targets related to the number of apprentices working for them.

The Secretary of State for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills will be able to set targets because of a change to the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009. This change is set out in the Enterprise Bill. The bodies in scope and the target itself will be set out in regulations.

Public bodies will have a duty to publish information annually on progress towards meeting the target and send this information to the Secretary of State.

The consultation will be of interest to all public sector organisations. We welcome all views but particularly from those public bodies we propose are in scope.

Apprenticeship policy is a devolved matter in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This consultation only applies to England.


Apprenticeship targets for public sector bodies: list of bodies (Annex 2)

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Published 25 January 2016
Last updated 20 January 2017 + show all updates
  1. Added government response to the consultation and a summary of the responses we received.

  2. First published.