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Apprentices

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) how many adult apprenticeships have been completed since the programme was introduced; (191367)

(2) how many apprenticeships have been completed by women since 1997;

(3) how many black and ethnic minority people have completed apprenticeships since 1997;

(4) how many disabled people have completed apprenticeships since 1997.

[holding answer 3 March 2008]:I have been asked to reply.

The total number of apprenticeship frameworks achieved in England since 2001-02—the year that information was first collected on the Learning and Skills Council's individualised learner record—is 410,000. Data on the breakdowns by age, gender, ethnicity and disability for the last three years is shown in the following table, but information for the other years is not readily available.

Apprenticeship frameworks achieved 2004-05 to 2006-07

Total

277,500

Adult learners (aged 19+)

112,800

Male

148,900

Female

128,700

Black or minority ethnic

11,600

White

262,600

Learner has a learning difficulty and/or disability and/or health problem

24,900

Learner does not have a learning difficulty and/or disability and/or health problem

249,200

Source:

Learning and Skills Council