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Apprentices

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many apprentices with each sponsoring employer were aged over 25 years (a) in 2007-08 and (b) to date in 2008-09. (250211)

Table 1 shows the total number of apprenticeship starts for those aged 25 or over at the start of their course in the 2007-08 academic year and August-October 2008 (2008-09), the latest period for which published information is available.

This information was published in a statistical first release on 18 December 2008. Information is not available by individual employer.

Table 1: Number of apprenticeship starts for learners aged 25 and over at the start of their course.

Level

2007-081

2008-092

Apprenticeship (level 2)

14,600

9,100

Advanced Apprenticeship (level 3)

12,600

7,700

Total

27,200

16,800

1 Full year

2 August-October 2008

Notes:

1. Figures may not sum to totals due to rounding.

2. Higher Level Apprenticeships are included with Advanced Apprenticeships.

3. Provisional data for 2008-09 are subject to a data lag in the region of +5 per cent.

Source:

WBL Individualised Learner Record

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many of the 35,000 extra apprenticeship places for 2009-10 referred to in the departmental press release of 7 January 2009 are additional to those referred to in the most recent annual grant letter to the Learning and Skills Council of 18 November 2008; (250346)

(2) how many of the additional apprenticeship places referred to in the departmental press release of 7 January 2009 are expected to be in (a) the public sector and (b) the private sector.

My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister announced a £140 million package to provide an extra 35,000 apprenticeship places over the coming year in both the public and private sectors to help strengthen the country's competitiveness. The 7 January Press release by my Department provided further information about the package.

All of the extra 35,000 places announced as part of the £140 million package will be available for new places in 2009-10 are additional to those places outlined in the Department's 18 November 2008 Grant Letter to the Learning and Skills Council.

While we expect the public sector to deliver a significant proportion of the additional opportunities, we have not set a target for the balance between public and private sector which will be determined by employer demand.