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The government has confirmed that at least 2.3 per cent of the workforce in public sector bodies in England will have to be apprentices, in a move requiring that 200,000 more will have to be recruited by 2020.

The target was provisionally aired a year ago, as part of a consultation on how large a role public bodies should play in meeting the government’s overall target of creating 3 million new apprenticeship starts by 2020.

Skills Funding Agency

The Skills Funding Agency announced that they have written to all existing independent training providers (ITPs) about the changes in public contract regulations affecting their contracts to deliver the adult education budget (AEB) today.

The changes mean that contracts cannot automatically be renewed at the end of the current contracting term. Instead, a competitive procurement exercise will be launched next week using the funding released from these contracts ending. The procurement will be open to all eligible organisations on the Register of Training Organisations.

Thank you to everyone that has reserved their spaces on the members breakfast events at the end of the month.

There are still spaces left at these events and we are running them for the benefit of the members across the network, so we would encourage you to sign up as soon as possible, so we can support you through the raft of changes coming in 2017.

We are offering the choice of 2 dates, with a morning and afternoon session available. The dates and times are:

A newly designed events map for National Apprenticeship Week 2017 was launched recently.

National Apprenticeship Week runs from 6 to 10 March and demonstrates the many benefits that apprenticeships can bring to an organisation. The week also aims to raise awareness and encourage more employers to take on apprentices and individuals to choose an apprenticeship as a ladder of opportunity to a great career.

As we enter 2017 and begin to work through implementation of the Levy, mandatory employer contributions and delivering the new standards to name but a few, we will be doing our best to support our members through the changes.

With this in mind, the first members meeting of the year will be in the form of a round table discussion between The Derbyshire Network and its’ members around the future of sub-contracting apprenticeships post May and how this could potentially work.