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        Apprenticeship statutory return

        Thanet District Council’s total number of employees was 721 as at 31st March 2017, the day before the first day of the reporting period. Of those 721 employees, one was an apprentice.

        During the first reporting period (1 April 2017 – 31 March 2018), Thanet District Council employed a further 71 members of staff. One apprentice began to work for Thanet District Council in that same period. This includes employees who were already working for Thanet District Council before beginning their apprenticeship, as well as new apprentice hires.

        At the end of the reporting period (31 March 2018), Thanet District Council’s total number of employees was 468 due to staff leaving and joining the organisation. Two of Thanet District Council’s total headcount on 31 March 2018 were apprentices.

        Therefore, Thanet District Council has achieved 0.14% in the first year of the target.

        The Council has adopted an Apprenticeship Strategy in order to meet both the apprenticeship target and to ensure that the funds paid into the Apprenticeship Levy are used effectively to develop the workforce, address skills gaps and to go some way towards future proofing the organisation.

        Since this strategy was adopted in  2017, the Council has gone through a period of significant organisational change which has prevented the strategy from being implemented as originally intended.

        The Council is now entering a more settled period, enabling apprenticeships to be revisited and to begin to put the strategy into action, focusing initially, but not limited to, developing the existing workforce. This will ensure that the target is met moving forward and will also ensure that use of the levy is maximised.



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