Apprenticeship scheme

1. Total number of apprentices employed by you?
• As at 30th September 2017 we have 49 employees undertaking apprenticeship qualifications (this includes 8 employed in Devon County Council Community and Voluntary Controlled schools – data held post Levy introduction – see above).

2a. List of job description(s) / job role(s) being carried out by apprentices
• Accountancy
• Civil Engineering
• Office Support Assistant (business admin) across various service areas within the Council
• Personal Assistant (PA)
• School Administrator
• Teaching Assistant
• Town Planning
• Transport Planning

2b. The total number of apprentice(s) appointed in each role (listed in the answer to 2a)
• Accountancy – 3
• Civil Engineering – 8
• Office Support Assistant – 23
• Personal Assistant (PA) – 3
• School Administrator – 1 (data held post Levy introduction – see above)
• Teaching Assistant – 7 (data held post Levy introduction – see above)
• Town Planning – 2
• Transport Planning – 2

2c. For newly recruited apprentices – what is the apprentice rate of pay (per hour) for each of the listed job descriptions/job roles?
• Accountancy: £8.36 – £10.71 per hour (Grades C or D)
• Civil Engineering: £7.78 per hour (Grade A)
• Office Support Assistant: £7.78 per hour (Grade A)
• Personal Assistant (PA): £8.36 – £9.21 per hour (Grade C)
• School Administrator: £7.78 per hour (Grade A)
• Teaching Assistant: £7.78 per hour (Grade A)
• Town Planning: £7.78 per hour (Grade A)
• Transport Planning: £7.78 per hour (Grade A)

3. Are apprentices on the same terms and conditions as your permanent employees?
• Yes

4.Traineeships are positions offered by employers to those aged 16-24 who are considered ‘not ready’ to take up an apprenticeship or job. Such positions last between 16 weeks and 6 months. Does your organisation offer traineeships?
• No

4b. If your organisation offers traineeships, do you pay them?
• N/A

5. What is the apprenticeship completion rate in your organisation in 2016/17?
• Between September 2016 and August 2017, 26 apprentices undertook apprenticeship qualifications corporately (excluding schools). 25 of those apprentices completed their qualifications. This is a 96% completion rate. We do not have any central data for school-based staff for the reasons stated above.

6. Do apprentices have a guarantee of a job at the end of the scheme?
• No

7. In order to meet the organisation’s target for new apprenticeship starts for 2017/18, what proportion of new starts have come from: (a) Recruitment of new apprentices from external sources (including training providers); (b) Transfer of existing staff to the apprentice programme; (c) Other (Please specify)
• A) 9 starts (25%) (Please note: we are currently in the process of recruiting for the 2017/2018 intake of Business Administration apprentices so these are not included in this number).
• B) 13 starts (36%)
• C) 14 starts (39%) current apprentices moving onto start their next level of apprenticeship qualification

8. In order to meet the organisation’s target for new apprenticeship starts, have you reduced recruitment of staff who are not apprentices?
• No

In order to meet the organisation’s target for new apprenticeship starts, have you opted not to replace non-apprentice staff when they have left?
• No


NOTE: The above replies exclude information from schools prior to the introduction of the apprenticeship Levy as these figures were not held centrally prior to this and therefore Devon County Council does not hold this further information. We have included data from Voluntary Controlled and Community schools since the introduction of the Levy, as the details of these are held on our Levy Digital Account. Other types of school do not pay into the Council’s Levy account and therefore, again, this information is therefore not held by Devon County Council.

The school figures included since the introduction of the Levy refer to Community and Voluntary Controlled schools only, as Devon County Council is the employer for these schools and the Government’s Levy funding rules specify that these type of schools must contribute to Devon County Council’s Levy fund