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Apprentices

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) apprenticeship and (b) advanced apprenticeship places he plans to provide in each year to 2020. (171864)

Planned apprenticeship outputs/volumes by academic year to 2010-11 were published in the Learning and Skills Council's Statement of Priorities on 16 November 2007. The breakdown requested by apprenticeships at level 2 and advanced apprenticeships at level 3 is not available. A detailed trajectory to 2020 will be published as part of the review of apprenticeships, which is due for completion in early 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people who completed a programme-led apprenticeship based at a college went on to complete a full level-3 apprenticeship in the same field in each year since 1997. (172274)

Figures for those participating in apprenticeships funded by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) can be derived from the individualised learner record. The programme-led apprenticeship is an initiative to enable more learners to enter an employed-status apprenticeship programme. When they achieve their agreed goals, learners cease to be on a PLA and then become mainstream apprentices. It is possible to calculate participation for programme-led apprenticeships from the ILR data, but not their progression onto mainstream apprenticeships and therefore the associated framework achievement.

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of employers who will have to take on apprentices in order to meet the Government's target for apprenticeships in 2020. (171862)

The Government have announced plans to increase overall apprenticeship places from 250,000 today to 400,000 by 2020 but earlier if high-quality employer places are available. We therefore plan to expand the number of employers offering apprenticeships and the number of places offered by employers who are already involved in the programme. However, we do not intend to dictate to individual employers how many apprentices they require to meet their particular skills needs. A detailed trajectory covering the expansion of apprenticeship places to 2020 will be published as part of the review of apprenticeships, which is due for completion in early 2008.