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Apprentices

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what his most recent estimate of the number of apprenticeship places in each local authority area is. (253481)

Since 1997 we have witnessed a renaissance in apprenticeships from a low point of 64,000 with only 27 per cent. completions to last year's record high of 225,000 with 64 per cent. completions, a remarkable achievement.

Table 1 shows the number of apprenticeship starts by age in 2007/08, broken down by local authority. A copy of this table has been provided and the relevant data will be placed in the Library.

This information is also available on the Data Service website, and was released alongside the post-16 education statistical first release, which was published on 18 December 2008:

www.thedataservice.org.uk/statistics.

Apprenticeship starts by age in 2007/08 - programme starts, additional information by government office region and local authority

Region

Local authority

LA code

Below 19

19+

Total

North East

Darlington

841

300

400

700

Durham

840

1,500

1,600

3,100

Gateshead

390

600

700

1,300

Hartlepool

805

400

300

700

Middlesbrough

806

500

400

1,000

Newcastle Upon Tyne

391

700

700

1,400

North Tyneside

392

600

600

1,200

Northumberland

929

900

1,000

1,900

Redcar and Cleveland

807

500

500

900

South Tyneside

393

600

600

1,200

Stockton-On-Tees

808

700

600

1,300

Sunderland

394

1,000

900

1,900

North West

Blackburn with Darwen

889

400

300

700

Blackpool

890

300

600

1,000

Bolton

350

900

700

1,600

Bury

351

400

500

900

Cheshire

875

1,400

1,700

3,100

Cumbria

909

1,800

1,000

2,800

Halton

876

300

400

700

Knowsley

340

500

500

1,000

Lancashire

888

3,100

2,600

5,800

Liverpool

341

1,500

1,100

2,600

Manchester

352

600

800

1,400

Oldham

353

600

500

1,100

Rochdale

354

500

500

1,000

Salford

355

600

500

1,100

Sefton

343

700

800

1,500

St Helens

342

500

400

900

Stockport

356

600

600

1,200

Tameside

357

700

500

1,200

Trafford

358

500

400

900

Warrington

877

500

600

1,100

Wigan

359

1,100

1,000

2,000

Wirral

344

900

1,000

1,900

Yorkshire and The Humber

Barnsley

370

700

800

1,500

Bradford

380

1,200

1,000

2,200

Calderdale

381

600

500

1,000

Doncaster

371

1,000

1,000

2,000

East Riding of Yorkshire

811

1,400

2,300

3,800

Kingston Upon Hull

810

1,000

600

1,600

Kirklees

382

1,100

900

2,000

Leeds

383

1,400

1,400

2,800

North East Lincolnshire

812

400

400

800

North Lincolnshire

813

500

400

1,000

North Yorkshire

815

2,800

1,400

4,200

Rotherham

372

700

700

1,400

Sheffield

373

1,400

1,300

2,700

Wakefield

384

800

700

1,500

York

816

300

400

800

East Midlands

Derby

831

800

700

1,400

Derbyshire

830

2,000

1,800

3,900

Leicester

856

500

600

1,100

Leicestershire

855

1,400

1,400

2,800

Lincolnshire

925

1,600

1,700

3,300

Northamptonshire

928

1,600

1,800

3,400

Nottingham

892

700

700

1,400

Nottinghamshire

891

2,200

2,100

4,300

Rutland

857

100

100

West Midlands

Birmingham

330

1,600

1,800

3,400

Coventry

331

600

800

1,400

Dudley

332

800

700

1,500

Herefordshire

884

500

500

1,000

Sandwell

333

700

700

1,400

Shropshire

893

800

1,000

1,800

Solihull

334

400

300

700

Staffordshire

860

1,900

2,600

4,500

Stoke-On-Trent

861

700

1,300

1,900

Telford and Wrekin

894

400

500

900

Walsall

335

700

600

1,300

Warwickshire

937

1,000

1,300

2,300

Wolverhampton

336

600

600

1,200

Worcestershire

885

900

1,200

2,100

East of England

Bedfordshire

820

700

800

1,400

Cambridgeshire

873

1,000

1,200

2,100

Essex

881

2,400

2,600

5,000

Hertfordshire

919

1,300

1,500

2,800

Luton

821

300

300

600

Norfolk

926

1,600

2,000

3,600

Peterborough

874

300

400

700

Southend on Sea

882

200

300

500

Suffolk

935

1,800

1,900

3,700

Thurrock

883

200

300

500

Inner London

Camden

202

100

100

200

City of London

201

Hackney

204

100

200

300

Hammersmith and Fulham

205

100

100

200

Haringey

309

100

200

300

Islington

206

100

100

200

Kensington and Chelsea

207

100

100

Lambeth

208

100

300

400

Lewisham

209

200

300

500

Newham

316

200

400

600

Southwark

210

100

300

400

Tower Hamlets

211

200

300

500

Wandsworth

212

100

200

300

Westminster

213

100

200

300

Outer London

Barking and Dagenham

301

300

300

500

Barnet

302

100

300

400

Bexley

303

500

300

800

Brent

304

100

300

400

Bromley

305

400

400

800

Croydon

306

400

500

900

Ealing

307

200

400

500

Enfield

308

200

300

500

Greenwich

203

300

300

500

Harrow

310

200

200

300

Havering

311

400

400

800

Hillingdon

312

400

400

800

Hounslow

313

200

400

600

Kingston Upon Thames

314

100

200

300

Merton

315

100

200

300

Redbridge

317

200

300

500

Richmond Upon Thames

318

100

100

200

Sutton

319

300

300

600

Waltham Forest

320

200

300

500

South East

Bracknell Forest

867

200

200

400

Brighton and Hove

846

300

400

700

Buckinghamshire

825

800

800

1,600

East Sussex

845

800

1,100

1,800

Hampshire

850

3,000

3,900

6,800

Isle Of Wight

921

300

600

900

Kent

886

2,000

2,500

4,400

Medway

887

500

700

1,200

Milton Keynes

826

400

600

1,000

Oxfordshire

931

1,000

1,100

2,000

Portsmouth

851

200

400

600

Reading

870

200

300

500

Slough

871

200

300

400

Southampton

852

400

500

800

Surrey

936

1,200

1,900

3,100

West Berkshire

869

300

400

700

West Sussex

938

1,200

1,500

2,700

Windsor and Maidenhead

868

200

200

400

Wokingham

872

900

1,100

2,000

South West

Bath and North East Somerset

800

300

200

500

Bournemouth

837

300

400

700

Bristol

801

700

700

1,400

Cornwall (Includes Isles of Scilly)

908

1,200

2,000

3,100

Devon

878

1,800

1,800

3,600

Dorset

835

1,500

1,900

3,400

Gloucestershire

916

1,000

1,200

2,200

North Somerset

802

400

400

900

Plymouth

879

700

700

1,400

Poole

836

300

300

600

Somerset

933

1,300

1,100

2,400

South Gloucestershire

803

600

500

1,100

Swindon

866

300

500

800

Torbay

880

300

500

700

Wiltshire

865

900

1,500

2,500

England Total

106,100

115,400

221,600

Other

1,500

1,800

3,200

Grand Total

107,600

117,200

224,800

Notes:

1. Volumes are rounded to the nearest hundred.

2. These figures include WBL (apprenticeships only).

3. The following data sources have been used; WBL 2007/08.

4. This table uses programme starts as a measure for comparative purposes. Full-year numbers are a count of the number of starts at any point during the year. Learners starting more than one course will appear more than once.

5. Programme-Led Apprenticeships recorded in WBL ILR returns are included in the above figures.

6. Government Office Region and Local Authority are based upon the home postcode of the learner. Where the postcode is outside of England, learners are included in the ‘Other' category. Where postcode is not known this is also included in the ‘Other' category.

7. ‘—’ indicates a base value of less than 50.

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what plans he has to ensure that apprentices who become unemployed are able to complete their apprenticeships in alternative employment. (253500)

We have established a matching service to help those apprentices in the construction sector at risk of redundancy to find alternative employment and to complete their apprenticeship. We are currently working with the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) to explore how this approach might be extended to other sectors. More generally, providers and the LSC have procedures to advise and relocate apprentices in cases where providers or employers fail, to help ensure that they are able to continue in work and complete their apprenticeship. Such arrangements are being used to help former Woolworth apprentices complete their apprenticeship framework and find alternative employment or training.

The £140 million package announced by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister last month for an additional 35,000 apprenticeship places will help fund new provision in both the public sector and private sector, and will extend the opportunities available to people facing redundancy. This package will further boost the number of people starting an apprenticeship which has increased from 65,000 in 1996-97 to 225,000 last year.

On 12 January 2009 the new online National Apprenticeship Vacancy Matching Service went live. The first chief executive of the new National Apprenticeship Service took up post this week and our National Apprenticeship Service will be fully functional from 1 April 2009 with a remit to expand apprenticeships and provide a single point of contact for employers and apprentices. To raise awareness and encourage more employers to take on or offer more apprenticeships a new national advertising campaign started on 2 February, fronted by Sir Alan Sugar.

Our New Opportunities White Paper published 13 January 2009 announced the Government's commitment to extending group training associations; ensuring all apprentices have clear progression routes; and commitment to work towards an entitlement to an apprenticeship for all young people leaving care. Looking to the future, we have set ambitious targets for the growth of the apprenticeships programme. Apprenticeships provisions will be taken forward as part of forthcoming legislation, including provisions to ensure that an apprenticeship place is available for all suitably qualified young people by 2013.

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people began an adult apprenticeship in the last academic year; and how many such people were in employment when their apprenticeships began. (254165)

[holding answer 3 February 2009]: Table 1 shows the number of adult apprenticeship starts in 2007-08, by age.

Information about apprentices' employment status at the start of their apprenticeship is not available. Total starts figures are provided. Framework completions (all ages) have increased from 39,000 in 2001-02 to 111,800 in 2006-07 and 112,600 in 2007-08.

Table 1: Adult apprenticeship starts by age in 2007-08

Apprenticeship starts

2007-08

19-24

90,100

25 +

27,200

All adult apprenticeship starts

117,300

All apprenticeship starts

224,800

Notes:

1. Age is based on age at start of course.

2. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 100.

Source:

WBL ILR