Castleford Academy Trust

Apprenticeship Target Report 2020/21

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Public Sector Apprenticeship Target Report 2020/2

In May 2017 the Apprenticeship Levy was introduced. All employers with an annual pay bill of more
than £3 million pay 0.5% of their monthly payroll into the levy. This equates to around £45,000 for
Castleford Academy Trust 2020/21.

Public sector bodies with 250 or more staff in England have a target to employ on average at least
2.3% of their staff as new apprentice starts. This has proved a stretching target for all and would
represent more than 11 new apprentices starting across the Trust within one year.

The Government considers the duty to ‘have regard’ to the target to mean that, in making workforce
planning decisions, public bodies should actively consider apprenticeships, either for new recruits or
as part of career development for existing staff.

Apprentices are only considered as ‘new apprentices’ who will count towards the target, in the year in which they begin their apprenticeship. Public bodies are required to complete the Apprenticeship Report on an annual basis to explain how they have had regard to the target, and include actions taken to increase apprenticeship usage.

Between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020, the number of new apprentices, including both new hires
and existing employees who started an apprenticeship was 1. The figure for 1 April 2020 and 31
March 2021 which is shown in this report is also 1.

The percentage of apprenticeship starts as a proportion of employment starts was 1.92% and the
percentage of apprenticeship starts as a proportion of total headcount was 0.21% in 2020/21.
Longer term we need to ensure we have a clear strategy for how we attract new start apprentices
where roles are built into workforce planning for the trust.

The data calculations relating to Castleford Academy Trust are provided below:

Number of employees who work in Castleford Academy Trust

ANumber of employees who were employed at 31 March 2020375
BNumber of employees who were employed at 31 March 2021484
CNumber of new employees who started working for Castleford Academy Trust
between 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 (*excludes TUPE transfers into the Trust)
52*

Number of apprentices who work in Castleford Academy Trust

DNumber of apprentices who were employed at 31 March 20201
ENumber of apprentices who were employed at 31 March 20211
FNumber of new apprentices who were employed between 1 April 2020 to 31
March 2021 (includes both new hires and existing employees who started an
apprenticeship)
1

Reporting percentages

GPercentage of apprenticeship starts (both new hires and existing employees who
started an apprenticeship) as a proportion of employment starts between 1 April
2020 to 31 March 2021
1.92%
HPercentage of total headcount that were apprentices on 31 March 20210.21%
IPercentage of apprenticeship starts (both new hires and existing employees who
started an apprenticeship) between 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 as a proportion
of total headcount on 31 March 2020
0.27%

This report will next be updated September 2022