Apprenticeship support programme

We provide support to councils so they can maximise the Return on Investment (ROI) of their apprenticeship levy.

The programme works closely with MHCLG and DfE to help shape the emerging policy implementation. 

The LGA’s apprenticeships support programme provides a range of practical support and advice for local authorities and their maintained schools on developing and enhancing their apprenticeship programme. Due to the current COVID-19 disruption, we have moved most of our delivery online to ensure we can continue to support councils. Our support offer includes:

  • webinars on key aspects of managing an apprenticeship programme
  • advice and guidance notes
  • 'Apprenticeship MOT’ reviews of council programmes
  • sharing best practice from around the sector
  • toolkits
  • action learning
  • engaging providers like the university sector on improving their offer for councils
  • a focus on supporting councils with end point assessment
  • mapping apprenticeship standards to job roles 
  • support for developing new standards that are important to the sector
  • our six-weekly newsletter (email us to sign up)
  • our annual apprenticeships survey of the sector.

Find out more about some of the key elements of our programme below.

The Apprenticeships Maturity Model

The Apprenticeships Maturity Model was developed by the LGA in December 2017 as a new self-assessment tool for the local government sector to be able to benchmark its performance on apprenticeships. It has since been adapted by Health Education England for use with NHS Trusts.

The Maturity Model helps provide a framework for local authorities to develop and grow their apprenticeship programme and offers best practice ideas from around the sector to help councils put their programme on a sustainable footing.

You can find out more about the Apprenticeships Maturity Model here.

Apprenticeships MOTs

The Apprenticeship MOT is a new process developed by the LGA in 2019 as part of our core offer of support. The MOT is a mini-review of a local authority apprenticeship programme and is designed to:

- develop a clear picture of a council apprenticeships programme, consider what it is doing well and which areas it should consider for improvement
- understand what the apprentice experience is like at the council and share best practice
- show how the council compares to the national and regional averages on apprenticeships starts, levy spend, schools and maturity model self-assessment
- provide an external assessment of the council’s performance against the Maturity Model to compare that with the council’s own assessment;
- produce a short report setting out progress, comparisons, improvement priorities and identifying areas where LGA support can help.

In 2019/20, the LGA carried out MOTs with 22 local authorities.

For 2020/21, the LGA is entirely moving this process online. Apprenticeship MOTs are available for local authorities on request. If your council would like to discuss the process further or book an MOT, please email the LGA’s Apprenticeships Adviser:

Mapping apprenticeship standards to local authority job roles

The LGA has developed a tool that maps job roles in the sector to the most relevant apprenticeship standards. Based on an initial template we developed with City of York Council, the mapping tool has been expanded to cover more job roles and is updated on a monthly basis as new apprenticeship standards are approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

If you would like access to the mapping tool, you can:

- join our KHUB group and download it directly (open to councils only, to request access please email Sadique Miah)
- email the LGA’s Apprenticeships Adviser for a copy

Webinars: Key Aspects of Managing an Apprenticeship Programme

We have run a successful webinar programme for the last two years reaching over 100 councils and covering topics as varied as the apprenticeship funding rules, working with schools, levy transfers, the public sector target and workforce planning.

Access all of our webinars and associated documents.

Sharing Best Practice, Advice and Guidance

The LGA provides a range of advice, guidance and best practice sharing for the sector on all aspects of managing and developing an apprenticeship programme.

We have developed several guides and toolkits for the sector covering working with schools, the public sector target and procurement, as well as sharing other examples of best practice from around the sector and a tool that maps apprenticeship standards to local authority job roles.

Our schools toolkit is available on the LGA website.

We provide most of our advice and guidance via our Apprenticeships KHUB Group, where there is also a lively forum to share ideas, queries and requests across the sector. The group is open to local authorities only. To request access to the KHUB group, please contact


Programme Manager –
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