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Vocational Training: Finance

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) adults and (b) adults over 25 years received Skills for Life funding in (i) 2003-04, (ii) 2004-05 and (iii) 2005-06. (249116)

Table 1 shows LSC-funded Skills for Life participation—the number of learners aged 25 or over as at 31 August (academic year age) and all adults (aged 16+), in the 2004/05 and 2005/06 academic years. Information on Skills for Life participation is not available prior to 2004/05.

Table 1: LSC-funded Skills for Life Participation, 2004/05 and 2005/06



Adults aged 25 and over



Total Adults (all ages, 16+)




1. These figures include learners at further education colleges (including learndirect), Work Based Learning (including apprenticeships, Train to Gain and entry to Employment) and Adult Safeguarded learning.

2. Figures are a count of the number of learners that participated at any point during the year. Learners undertaking more than one course are counted only once for each data collection. However, learners that are included in different data collections, whether that relates to different years or different funding streams will be counted more than once. For example, if a learner is undertaking an apprenticeship and Train to Gain qualification, they will be counted twice in this table.