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Vocational Training

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what percentage of Learning and Skills Council-funded work-based learning provision has been allocated to non-UK nationals in the academic years (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09. (254186)

The following table shows the number of Learning and Skills Council (LSC) funded work-based learners in 2007/08, split by whether the learner is UK or non-UK domiciled. 2007/08 is the latest year for which we have fully-audited information.

To be eligible for LSC funding an individual needs to satisfy the residency criteria set out in LSC Learner Eligibility Guidance. In general, this means that they need to have been lawfully living in the UK, European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) for the three years prior to the start of their course. There may also be additional criteria directly linked to the type of work based programme they are undertaking such as the need to be in employment.

Less than 1 per cent. of LSC-funded learners studying work-based learning were non-UK domiciled in 2007/08. Non-UK domiciled learners will include those from both the EU and EEA.

LSC-funded work-based learning in 2007/08, by whether the learner is UK or non-UK domiciled


UK domiciled learners


Non-UK domiciled learners


Not known



1. Volumes are rounded to the nearest hundred.

2. This information is based on country of domicile—institutions are advised that the country of domicile field should be treated as a self-assessment field and reflect the country where the learner was ordinarily resident for the three years preceding the start of their programme.

3. These figures include apprenticeships and entry to employment.

4. This table uses learner volumes as a measure for comparative purposes. Full-year numbers are a count of the number of learners that participated at any point during the year.