Public sector bodies with 250 or more staff have to meet the government’s target for creating new apprenticeships. On average at least 2.3% of their staff must be new apprentice starts each year.
Natural England , the government’s adviser for the natural environment in England, is in scope for this, and they have recently published information on how they are meeting the government’s target for new apprenticeships and the required data publication.
Natural England is mainly a technical organisation which limits its use of approved apprenticeship standards. Natural England’s approach is to:
- use entry level apprenticeships to give people the chance to join the environmental sector – especially those from groups under-represented in this sector
- use relevant apprenticeships to develop the skills and capabilities of existing staff
- develop the content of new apprenticeships so its future workforce has the technical and environmental skills it will need.
Read the Natural England apprenticeships 2019 to 2020 report and previous reports here