Public sector called upon to boost apprenticeship places

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A consultation has been launched into creating more public sector apprenticeships

Public sector organisations are being urged to play a more active role in promoting the creation of apprenticeship positions for the next generation of skilled professionals across the UK.

As part of the government's ongoing push to create upwards of three million additional apprenticeship places in the UK by the end of the decade, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has this month launched a new consultation to implement a binding target of 2.3 per cent of all staff to be apprentices in the years ahead.

Relating to all public bodies in England, the commitment would help to create thousands of new opportunities for young people to learn the essential on-the-job skills that could stand them in excellent stead for the rest of their careers.

Skills minister Nick Boles argued: "Our apprenticeships revolution has already given 2.4 million people the chance to learn the skills they need to get on in life, with businesses leading the way.

"Now it's time for the public sector to step up and give those same opportunities as we turbo charge our drive to give youngsters the best start to working life."

Ministers hope to build on the successes of the current Civil Service apprenticeship fast-track scheme for school leavers and non-graduates, as well as the British Army apprenticeship project, which recently celebrated taking on its 80,000th apprentice.

Creating more opportunities for young people lie at the heart of the government's push towards more apprenticeship places in the coming years.

Should this latest push for public sector apprenticeship places prove popular among consultation respondents, it will be included as part of the Enterprise Bill.