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Vocational Qualifications

Volume 402: debated on Friday 4 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people aged 14 to 19 are studying for a vocational qualification in (a) further education colleges, (b) schools and (c> on-the-job training in each of the learning and skills council areas.[105137]

The numbers of 16 to 19-year-olds studying vocational qualifications in schools and further education colleges (including sixth form colleges) at end 2000 by each local Learning and Skills Council area are given in the following table. The year 2000 is the latest for which comparable figures are available. The figures include people studying NVQs, VCE A-levels, GNVQs and equivalents.Also included are the numbers of 16 to 18-year-olds in Government Supported Training (GST). Local level information for other forms of work-based training is not available.Numbers of 14 and 15-year-olds in schools are not available by type of course being studied.

Participation in vocational qualifications1 in England by local LSC area, end 2000

16 to 19-year-olds

2

16 to 18-year-olds

2

All Schools

3

Sixth form and other FE colleges

4

Government supported training

5

North East

County Durham6006,0003,000
Northumberland1,0002,7001,400
Tees Valley20010,1003,900
Tyne and Wear2,20012,4005,900

North West

Cheshire and Warrington1,3008,6003,200
Cumbria9004,7002,600
Greater Manchester90031,50011,300
Greater Merseyside3,00016,7008,300
Lancashire60019,0006,500

Yorkshire and the Humber

Humberside60011,4004,700
North Yorkshire1,5007,1003,400
South Yorkshire1,30014,3006,100
West Yorkshire4,80024,3008,100

East Midlands

Derbyshire1,1009,7004,100
Leicestershire1,6009,7002,500
Lincolnshire and Rutland9006,1002,500
Northamptonshire1,3005,9002,300
Nottinghamshire1,10011,0004,100

West Midlands

Birmingham and Solihull2,30014,5003,000
Coventry and Warwickshire1,0009,4003,200
Herefordshire and Worcestershire9007,9002,300
Shropshire2005,1001,900
Staffordshire1,30012,3004,500
The Black Country2,00013,1005,100

East of England

Bedfordshire and Luton1,0006,6001,600
Cambridgeshire1,3006,3001,900
Essex2,10014,5004,100
Hertfordshire2,0008,5002,000
Norfolk8007,1002,100
Suffolk1,1006,1002,300

London

London Central3,00011,0001,900
London East3,60020,8004,200
London North2,00010,7001,600
London South2,4009,5002,100
London West3,60013,4002,100

South East

Berkshire1,5006,4002,700
Hampshire and the Isle of Wight70019,1005,200
Kent and Medway4,40013,0003,700
Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire2,60010,9003,900
Surrey1,5007,8001,300
Sussex2,20013,3003,000

South West

Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole1,2006,1002,700
Devon and Cornwall3,00016,2005,400
Gloucestershire8005,3001,800
Somerset4006,0002,000
West of England1,4008,9002,700
Wiltshire and Swindon7006,7001,600

1 Highest qualification aim of student. There will be some whose highest aim is an academic qualification, but who combine this with a lower level vocational qualification.

2 Age as at 31August.

3 From January 2001 Annual Schools Census. Includes all 16 to 19-year-olds in maintained and independent schools and City Technology Colleges. Excludes special schools, as qualification breakdowns are not available.

4 From the LSC's Individualised Student Record—final data for snapshot at 1 November 2000. Includes all 16 to 19-year-olds in sixth form colleges, general FE colleges, tertiary colleges and specialist colleges.

5 From the Training and Enterprise Council's Management information Service combined with the trainee databases, as at end 2000.