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Apprenticeships

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many apprentices left their course during each quarter of the past three years; and what steps he is taking to reduce the drop-out rate. (113207)

Figures for those participating in apprenticeships funded by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) can be derived from the Individualised Learner Record (ILR). The work-based learning (WBL) ILR was collated as an interim collection for the first time in 2001/02 and figures are presented from that time.

The following table shows the success rate for apprenticeship courses on an annual basis (quarterly figures are not available). Drop-out rates do not exist for apprenticeships; the closest metric is the success rate which refers to the proportion of those who complete apprenticeships in each academic year who achieve the full apprenticeship framework in England. We are making good progress towards meeting a new performance indicator that by 2008 the numbers completing apprenticeships will have risen by three quarters (over 2002/03).

Apprenticeship success rate, England

Percentage

2001/02

24

2002/03

27

2003/04

31

2004/05

40

The Learning and Skills Council is working to assess provider performance against minimum levels of performance, expanding excellent provision, demanding improved success rates or looking to re-tender provision where appropriate to meet the needs and protect the interests of learners and employers.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many modern apprenticeships have been undertaken in (a) Leeds, West and (b) Leeds in each of the last five years. (110350)

Figures for those participating in apprenticeships funded by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) can be derived from the Individualised Learner Record (ILR). Figures for Leeds are available from 2002/03 onwards.

The following table shows the average number of apprentices in learning in Leeds based on the home postcode of the learner:

Leeds

Apprentices

2002/03

2,790

2003/04

3,040

2004/05

3,010

2005/06

2,990

Note:

Figures rounded to nearest 10.