Apprenticeships and Skills (Public Procurement Contracts) Bill (HC Bill 17)




Require certain public procurement contracts let by public authorities to
include a commitment by the contractor to provide apprenticeships and skills
training; and for connected purposes.

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Apprenticeships requirements

(1) When a public authority (“an authority”) prepares to issue a relevant contract
the authority must—

(a) give due consideration to the relevant guidelines issued by the Office
5of Government Commerce (OGC) or by the Cabinet Office or any
related body, and

(b) ensure that the provisions in the guidelines issued by the OGC or by the
Cabinet Office or any related body relating to apprenticeships and
skills training are reflected in that contract, where relevant.

(2) 10An authority issuing a contract under subsection (1)(a) may require that a
minimum proportion of the apprentices employed by the contractor are higher
or advanced apprentices.

2 Advertisement of workforce vacancies

A relevant contract must require the contractor to—

(a) 15advertise all vacancies for members of the workforce in all job centres
in the local authority area in which the main site relating to the relevant
contract is situated, and in all job centres in neighbouring local
authority areas, and

(b) include in these advertisements details of the training on offer.

3 20Provision of skills training

Skills training provided by the contractor must form part of a nationally
accredited scheme.

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4 Interpretation

In this Act—

  • “apprentice” has the meaning given in section 32 of the Apprenticeships,
    Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009;

  • 5“higher or advanced apprentice” is a person studying either—


    for an apprenticeship at level 3 or above, or


    under the Government arrangements known as Advanced and
    Higher apprenticeships;

  • “public authority” means any body or person discharging functions of a
    10public nature, including local authorities;

  • “relevant contract” means a contract which—


    exceeds a total value of £1 million, and


    is issued by a public authority;

  • “relevant guidelines” include guidance issued by the Office of
    15Government Commerce as “Promoting skills through public
    procurement 2009” or guidelines issued by the Cabinet Office or any
    related body.

5 Short title, commencement and extent

(1) This Act may be cited as the Apprenticeships and Skills (Public Procurement
20Contracts) Act 2013.

(2) This Act comes into force at the end of the period of 12 months beginning with
the day on which it is passed.

(3) This Act extends to England and Wales.