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The Enterprise Act 2016 has introduced reforms to apprenticeships programmes in the public sector. This year, the government set an ambitious target of 2.3% for apprenticeships in public sector bodies in England. Organisations must therefore ensure they have the capability to overcome the challenges posed by successful implementation.

In order adapt to the reforms and maximise the benefits of the apprenticeships levy, organisations must develop a programme that produces quality, long term staff that meet the demands of the workforce.

On this Developing Quality Apprenticeships in the Public Sector course delegates will learn how to develop effective apprenticeships programmes, whilst remaining sustainable, maximising their return on investment and meeting the new target.

Through best practice case studies and interactive workshops, delegates will explore new apprenticeship funding opportunities, learn how to maximise retention and progression of apprentices and produce a personalised action plan for next steps in implementation.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Review the impact of the Enterprise Act, Apprenticeships Levy and 2.3% target on the public sector
  • Understand the changes to Apprenticeship funding and how it will affect your organisation
  • Explore how public bodies can deliver more quality apprenticeships to meet the apprenticeship target
  • Gain tips on effective recruitment and assessment for new apprentices
  • Learn from best practice how to implement an innovative and effective apprenticeship programme
  • Share ideas on how to design and implement a successful apprenticeship strategy for your organisation
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09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Trainer’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:30

Public Sector Apprenticeships: What you need to know

  • Review the impact of the Enterprise Act and Government’s plans to introduce 3 million apprenticeships by 2020
  • Understand the implications of apprenticeship funding reform to your organisation
  • Outline common benefits and challenges of delivering quality apprenticeships
10:30 - 11:30

Case study: Deliver an Effective and Innovative Apprenticeship Programme

Hertfordshire County Council is one of the top 100 employers in the country for employing apprentices. In five years, 90% of apprentices have not only completed the apprenticeship programme, but have gone on to permanent employment in the council.

  • Hear from an exemplar local authority with a successful apprenticeship programme
  • Learn best practice on what makes a successful apprenticeship programme
  • Identify how to best utilise the apprenticeship levy to fund your own apprenticeship programme
  • Explore how to overcome the key challenges of creating an apprenticeship programme
  • Gain tips on how to set apprenticeship targets within your organisation


11:30 - 11:45

Morning Break

11:45 - 12:30

Case Study: Enhancing Apprentice Retention and Progression

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust has recently won the “medium apprentice employer of the year” accolade by Health Education England for its commitment to employing and encouraging apprentices within the organisation.

  • Hear best practice from a successful public sector apprenticeship programme
  • Learn how to ensure high levels of apprentice retention and progression
  • Share ideas on how to develop a progressive work environment and personal development plans for apprentices
  • Gain tips on devising a strategy for apprenticeship feedback, evaluation and development
12:30 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:15

Apprentice Recruitment: Effectively Meeting Public Sector Need

Staffordshire University is now one of the largest university providers of higher apprenticeships, and working with a range of employers including Vodafone and the NHS, delivers close to 200 higher apprenticeships programmes.

  • Ensure your apprenticeship provision meets sector need and demand
  • Get practical guidance about how to attract and retain the best apprentices
  • How to develop effective progression plans for your apprentices
14:15 - 14:30

Afternoon Break

14:30 - 16:00

Creating a Successful Apprenticeship Programmes: Next Steps

Working with the chair, delegates will discuss how to utilise the new apprenticeship levy and next steps in developing a successful apprenticeship programme in your organisation

  • Establish best practice with peers on what makes a successful apprenticeship programme
  • Share ideas on next steps required to design a successful apprenticeship programme plan that maximises your apprenticeship levy
  • With support from the chair each organisation to produce next steps action plan
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close


etc. Venues – Victoria, London

One Drummond Gate, Pimlico,, London, SW1V 2QQ