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South Tyneside Homes public sector Apprenticeship target survey response 2018 - 2019

As a public sector body with more than 250 staff in England, we have a target to employ an average of at least 2.3 percent of our staff as new apprentice starts over the period of 1 April 2017 - 31 March 2021.

Survey responses

Number of employees working on 31 March 2018

614

Number of employees working on 31 March 2019

619

Number of employees who started working between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019

58

Number of apprentices who were working on 31 March 2018

30

Number of apprentices who were working on 31 March 2019

35

Number of new apprentices between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019, including new hires and existing employees who started an apprenticeship

19

Full time equivalents (optional)

599

Additional questions

What actions have you taken this year to meet the target? How do these compare to the challenges experienced in the previous year?

South Tyneside Homes has a well-established apprenticeship programme which has run for a number of years and forms part of succession planning arrangements.

The Company has exceeded its public sector target for 2018/19 and is expected to continue to do so for the forthcoming year. 

In addition to new apprenticeship starts, the Company has reviewed requests for internal development against apprenticeship standards and implemented these where possible.

What challenges have you faced this year in your efforts to meet the target? How do these compare to the challenges experienced in the previous year?

The Company has not encountered many challenges in meeting the public sector target, however one area which has limited the number of apprenticeships which can be offered is the 20% off the job training for certain apprenticeships which do not require a day release format.

There are concerns which have been raised about the impact on productivity within services to enable 20% off the job training and this also reduces the number of employees within teams who can undertake apprenticeships at the same time especially in small very teams.

Also the cost of the new construction standards are significantly higher than the previous frameworks and this will have an impact on how many apprentices the company can take in future years without additional funding into the levy.

How are you planning to ensure you meet the target in the future?

The Company will continue with its annual apprenticeship programme which is reviewed against service needs.

Requests for development from existing employees will also be reviewed against apprenticeship standards and agreed where possible.