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Training

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many adult and employer responsive training places will be available in the academic year 2010-11. (173171)

The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) Statement of Priorities published on 16 November set out the funding strategy for post-16 further education (FE) and skills for the comprehensive spending review (CSR) period (2008-09 to 2010-11). Total investment on post-16 FE and skills will increase from £11.2 billion in 2007-08 to £12.4 billion in 2010-11.

Annex C to the joint Grant Letter to the LSC from my Department and Department for Children, Schools and Families provides a breakdown of the number of funded places by programme. This is reproduced here and is also available at:

http://www.dius.gov.uk/publications.html.

It shows that in 2010-11 a total of 2.5 million adult learner places will be funded through the adult learner and employer responsive models. In line with the national roll-out of level 3 provision delivered through Train to Gain set out in ‘Train to Gain: A Plan for Growth (November 2007)’, the number of funded adult learners on full level 3 provision significantly increases between 2009-10 and 2010-11 (from 144,000 to 356,000). This increase reflects the higher level skills challenge set out by Lord Leitch. It more than offsets the planned reductions in funded non-accredited and non-priority learning places in 2010-11 resulting in an overall increase in funded adult learner places compared with 2009-10.

Taking into account all adult learners funded by the LSC, not just those on provision funded through the adult learner and employer learner responsive models, on average over three million adult learners will be funded each year over the CSR period.

Planned outputs/volumes (academic year)

Academic years

Budget line

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

Learner numbers

Youth Participation

of which for planning purposes:

School Sixth Forms

376,000

370,000

364,000

16-19 FE

773,000

773,000

773,000

16-18 Apprenticeships

240,000

260,000

281,000

Entry to Employment

70,000

70,000

70,000

Total Youth Participation

1,460,000

1,473,000

1,488,000

Academies

16,000

22,000

28,000

Adult Learner Responsive

FE19+

1,372,000

1,127,000

1,154,000

Ufl/learndirect

204,000

179,000

152,000

Employability Learning

24,000

29,000

37,000

Adult Learner Responsive sub total

1,600,000

1,335,000

1,343,000

of which for planning purposes:

Foundation Learning Tier

368,000

372,000

374,000

Skills for Life

923,000

914,000

904,000

Full Level 2

133,000

143,000

161,000

Full Level 3

137,000

157,000

165,000

Developmental Learning

497,000

216,000

116,000

Employer Responsive

Employer based NVQs

185,000

196,000

216,000

Apprenticeships/Workbased Learning

114,000

124,000

126,000

Train to Gain

600,000

638,000

872,000

Employer Responsive sub total

899,000

958,000

1,214,000

of which for planning purposes:

Foundation Learning Tier

10,000

10,000

10,000

Skills for Life

304,000

313,000

323,000

Full Level 2 (Excluding Apprenticeships)

603,000

637,000

664,000

Full Level 3 (Excluding Apprenticeships)

136,000

144,000

356,000

Apprenticeships

113,000

123,000

125,000

Developmental Learning

11,000

3,000

0

Safeguarded Learning

630,000

605,000

585,000

Total Adult and Employer Responsive

2,499,000

2,293,000

2,557,000

Key PSA related outputs2008-092009-102010-11Skills for Life—achievements counting towards the literacy level 1 target and the numeracy entry level 3 target349,000368,000387,000First full level 2 Adult Achievements (All)346,000388,000412,000First full level 3115,000168,000213,00016-18 Apprenticeships Average in Learning160,000172,000183,000Total Apprenticeship Completions123,000134,000142,000 Notes:1. Skills for Life volumes when added together will remain constant. There will be issued shortly a consultation document on English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). These projections will then be remodelled.2. Youth Participation figures exclude those delivered through specialist colleges with learners with learning disabilities and or difficulties.3. Funding of academies is not routed through the LSC, so academy volumes are not included in the Youth Participation total. However Academies volumes do contribute to overall participation.4. Component learner numbers and achievements presented are not cumulative. For example; a learner may undertake an apprenticeship programme of study that incorporates the successful achievements of both a Skills for Life literacy and numeracy qualification.5. Developmental learning is defined as below level 2 learning outside the national qualifications framework, and learning above level 3. Figures are indicative and subject to further modelling. Activity associated with developmental learning will form part of the consultation the Secretary of State will launch shortly to help inform our approach to adult learning.