Apprenticeships

Numbers of apprentices in our workforce

The government has set targets for the numbers of apprentices employed by local councils in England. You can find information on these targets at GOV.UK: public sector apprenticeship target.

In our employment figures below, 'new apprentices' is a combined total of new employees hired as apprentices and people who were already employees but have started an apprenticeship.

Employee and apprentice totals on 31 March

Totals 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Employees 2,785 2,771 2,940 2,877
Apprentices 29 42 70 99

New employees and apprentice totals between 1 April and 31 March

Totals 2017/18 2018/9 2019/20 2020/21
New employees 556 752 569
New apprentices 47 59 69

Percentage of employees that were apprentices on 31 March

Percentages 2018 2019 2020 2021
Apprentices 1.52% 2.38% 3.44%

Percentages between 1 April and 31 March

Percentages 2017/18 2018/9 2019/20 2020/21
Employees that were new apprentices compared with the total employees on the previous 31 March 1.69% 2.13% 2.35%
New employees that were new apprentices 8.45% 7.85% 12.13%