Apprenticeships information

Information on apprenticeships offered by Buckinghamshire Council during the reporting period of 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.

Number of employees who work in England

Number of Buckinghamshire Council employees who were working in England on 31 March 2021: 11,317

Number of new employees who started working for Buckinghamshire Council in England between 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021: 1,333

Number of Apprentices who work in England

Number of apprentices who were working in England on 31 March 2021: 135

Number of new apprentices in England between 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 (includes both new hires and existing employees who started an apprenticeship): 91

Full-time equivalent

Full-time equivalents: 8,290

Factors that impacted our ability to meet the target

What actions have Buckinghamshire Council taken this year to meet the target? How do these compare to the actions taken in the previous year?

This year, in order to meet the target, we have:

  • created a new Workforce and Skills Board to oversee and support the delivery of the council’s skills strategies and their alignment with local partners’ objectives (this provides a platform to join up the planning on skills programmes to support talent pipelines across the county)
  • reviewed all early careers opportunities across the council in order to consider apprenticeships in the wider context and provide full visibility of all activity
  • identified numerous early careers initiatives (such as Traineeships, Supported Internships and the Kickstart Scheme) as potential pathways into apprenticeships which has led to increased awareness and support from our central management team, and increased promotion of initiatives across our services
  • started to input to Service Restructure plans, helping embed apprenticeships and identify possible new career pathways
  • promoted management apprenticeships through our ‘Being a Bucks Manager’ programme, with a new dedicated internal web page and taster sessions
  • promoted New Hire Incentive payments to schools
  • piloted a new cohort recruitment and induction programme to help teams and apprentices onboard during remote working

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?

This year challenges have included:

The Covid-19 pandemic: The pandemic affected service recruitment plans and upskilling ambitions; despite this, new enrolments have been higher this year than the previous year

Unitary status in April 2020: We started work to identify possible apprenticeships in the service areas which were previously a district function; the pandemic slowed this worked for a period but progressed better in the latter part of the yea

School closures: With schools being closed for long periods of time and having to adapt to Covid-19 working, schools take-up has been low. However, interest has been growing in the Teacher apprenticeship and we anticipate more enrolments in this area showing in our 2021/22 figures

How are you planning to meet the target in future? What will you continue to do or do differently?

We will:

  • continue to work with Directorates to embed apprenticeships into their restructuring plans
  • introduce the Kickstart Scheme into the council and anticipate being able to have some conversions from this to our apprenticeship programme;
  • continue to promote and support our Department for Education Traineeship and Supported Internship programmes, and anticipate some additional conversions from these programmes into apprenticeships
  • adopt a formal Levy Transfer Protocol to support the creation of successful apprenticeships in priority sectors and occupations across the county