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Apprentices

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the number of new apprenticeships that will need to be created in each of the next five years in order to reach the target of ensuring that an apprenticeship place is available for all young people by 2013; and if he will make a statement. (232016)

Information on apprenticeships starts are due to be made available next month through the Annual Statement of Priorities published by the Learning and Skills Council. This will include latest estimates of the actual starts for the 2007/08 academic year, and proposals for delivery during 2008/09, 2009/10 and 2010/11. Resources have not yet been made available beyond that period.

World-class Apprenticeships, published earlier this year, confirmed our commitment to making Apprenticeships a high quality option for both young people and adults and set out steps to increase the numbers of people successfully completing an Apprenticeship. In the summer, we published an Apprenticeships Draft Bill to drive and help sustain improvements in the quality of the programme. The first national vacancy matching service for potential apprentices and employers will begin to become operational by the end of this year and in April 2009 the new National Apprenticeship Service with its dedicated field force will be fully established to lead the expansion and improvement of the apprenticeship programme. This focus on continuous improvement will be complemented by an increase in Apprenticeships funding to over £1.1 billion by 2010-11.

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department and each of its predecessors spent on apprenticeship schemes in each year since 1997. (232019)

Figures showing expenditure for 1997-98 to 2000-01 and for 2001-02 to 2007-08 appear in the following tables.

In the period from 1997-98 to 2000-01 apprenticeships were funded through training and enterprise councils. For this period, figures are available for overall work-based training for young people budget expenditure only, including: Advanced Apprenticeships (formerly Advanced Modern Apprenticeships) at Level 3; Apprenticeships (formerly Foundation Modern Apprenticeships) at Level 2; NVQ Learning (formerly Other Training); and Entry to Employment.

From 2001-02 to date apprenticeships have been funded and delivered by the Learning and Skills Council.

Apprenticeship Expenditure 2001-02 to 2007-08

£ million

2001-02

628

2002-03

743

2003-04

778

2004-05

858

2005-06

824

2006-07

805

2007-08

833

Sources:

LSC Annual Report and Accounts

Work-based training for young people1 Expenditure 1997-98 to 2000-01

£ million

1997-98

740

1998-99

712

1999-2000

800

2000-01

837

1 Work-based Training for Young People includes: Advanced Apprenticeships (formerly Advanced Modern Apprenticeships) at Level 3; Apprenticeships (formerly Foundation Modern Apprenticeships) at Level 2; NVQ Learning (formerly Other Training); and Entry to Employment.

Source:

1997-98: DFEE Departmental Report

1998-99 to 2000-01: DFES Departmental Reports

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department spent on apprenticeships in (a) the most recent year for which figures are available and (b) in each of the previous five years, broken down by main budget heading. (232390)

The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) publish details of the total spend on Apprenticeships in the LSC’s annual report and accounts. The total spend in the most recent financial year and the previous five years broken down by budget block are provided in the following table.

Analysis of apprenticeship expenditure by budget block

£000

2007-08

2006-07

2005-06

2004-05

2003-04

2002-03

Grant letter: block A—participation

Youth participation

16 to 18 apprenticeships

603,524

587,732

592,484

615,001

565,260

532,052

Total youth participation

603,524

587,732

592,484

615,001

565,260

532,052

Employer responsive

19+ apprenticeships

223,175

216,884

232,157

243,162

212,807

211,112

25+ apprenticeships

5,719

0

0

0

0

0

Total employer responsive

228,894

216,884

232,157

243,162

212,807

211,112

Total apprenticeships

832,418

804,616

824,641

858,163

778,067

743,164

Source:

LSC Statutory accounts