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Apprenticeships

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of students entering (a) apprenticeships and (b) advanced apprenticeships were already in employment in each year since 1997. (128574)

Data on apprenticeships and advanced apprenticeships are collected on the Learning and Skills Council’s (LSC) individualised learner record (ILR). The work-based learning (WBL) ILR was collated for the first time in 2002/03 and figures are given from that time. The following table shows the number of learners starting advanced apprenticeships and apprenticeships each year who were in employment on the day before their training commenced as a percentage of all starts.

Learners in employment

Number

Percentage

Total learners

2002/03

Advanced Apprenticeship

38,110

57

67,120

Apprenticeship

82,570

61

136,400

2003/04

Advanced Apprenticeship

38,510

68

56,960

Apprenticeship

95,970

70

136,610

2004/05

Advanced Apprenticeship

36,020

67

53,920

Apprenticeship

93,590

69

135,120

2005/06

Advanced Apprenticeship

39,400

76

52,130

Apprenticeship

88,450

72

122,850

Note:

Learners who are not employed on the day before their apprenticeship starts could enter as an employed status apprentice and their employment status then changes because of the Apprenticeship programme.