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South Tyneside Homes public sector Apprenticeship target survey response 2020

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 2019

619

Number of employees working on 31 March 2020

632

Number of employees who started working between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020

67

Number of apprentices who were working on 31 March 2019

35

Number of apprentices who were working on 31 March 2020

32

Number of new apprentices between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020, including new hires and existing employees who started an apprenticeship

15

Full time equivalents (optional)

616

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 2019/20 and is expected 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.

They have also taken the following actions:

  • Trained 8 employees to be apprentice ambassadors although they have been limited in what they've been able to achieve this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Attended jobs fairs/school recruitment events with current apprentices/managers to promote apprenticeship opportunities and South Tyneside Homes as an employer
  • Participated in an 'Ask the Employer' live chat event, which gave students and parents the opportunity to discuss apprenticeships and South Tyneside Homes as an employer
  • The Skills Team organised a week of activities during national apprentice week to promote apprenticeships and South Tyneside Homes as an employer

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 be reviewed against apprenticeship standards and agreed where possible.