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Apprentices: Cumbria

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what percentage of people taking up apprenticeship schemes in (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland constituency in each of the last five years were disabled; (255028)

(2) what percentage of people taking up apprenticeships in (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland constituency in each of the last five years were female.

Tables 1-4 show apprenticeship starts by learning difficulty and/or disability and gender, in Cumbria local authority and Copeland constituency. Figures are presented from 2003-04 to 2007-08, the latest year for which fully audited data are available. We are also looking at schemes which will encourage employers to see the potential in recruiting disabled people for apprenticeships.

Table 1—Apprenticeship starts in Cumbria local authority by learning difficulty and/or disability

%

Cumbria local authority

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Learning Difficulty and/or Disability

10

12

8

11

8

No Learning Difficulty and/or Disability

87

88

92

89

91

Not Known

3

1

Total Starts

100

100

100

100

100

Total Starts (Number)

2,600

2,800

2,300

2,700

2,800

Table 2Apprenticeship starts in Copeland constituency by learning difficulty and/or disability

%

Copeland constituency

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Learning Difficulty and/or Disability

10

13

8

8

9

No Learning Difficulty and/or Disability

88

87

92

92

91

Not Known

1

Total Starts

100

100

100

100

100

Total Starts (Number)

410

430

320

420

440

Table 3—Apprenticeship starts in Cumbria local authority by gender

%

Cumbria local authority

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Male

52

57

59

54

59

Female

48

43

41

46

41

Total Starts

100

100

100

100

100

Total Starts (Number)

2,600

2,800

2,300

2,700

2,800

Table 4—Apprenticeship starts in Copeland constituency by gender

%

Copeland constituency

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Male

55

56

55

50

55

Female

48

48

48

48

48

Total Starts

100

100

100

100

100

Total Starts (Number)

410

430

320

420

440

Notes:

1. Volumes for Cumbria are rounded to the nearest hundred.

2. Volumes for Copeland constituency are rounded to the nearest ten.

3. Percentages above are based on unrounded figures.

4. — indicates a value of less than <0.5%.

5. These figures include WBL (apprenticeships only).

6. 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.

7. Gender and learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities is based upon self-declaration by the learner.

8. Local Authority and Constituency are based on home postcode of the learner.

Source:

WBL ILR

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people beginning apprenticeship schemes in each of the last five years in (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland constituency had been unemployed for six months or longer. (255034)

Information on the long-term employment status of people starting apprenticeships is not available. The following table shows the total number of apprenticeship starts in Cumbria local authority and Copeland constituency for 2003/04 to 2007/08 but it is not possible to break this information down in to what an apprentice was doing prior to starting their training programme.

Since 1997 we have witnessed a renaissance in apprenticeships from a low point of 65,000 to a record 225,000 apprenticeship starts in 2007/08. Completion rates are also at a record high with 64 per cent. successfully completing an apprenticeship--up from 37 per cent. in 2004/05. A remarkable achievement.

Apprenticeship starts in Cumbria local authority and Copeland constituency

Cumbria local authority

Copeland constituency

2003/04

2,600

410

2004/05

2,800

430

2005/06

2,300

320

2006/07

2,700

420

2007/08

2,800

440

Notes:

1. Volumes for Cumbria are rounded to the nearest hundred.

2. Volumes for Copeland constituency are rounded to the nearest 10.

3. Percentages above are based on unrounded figures.

4. These figures include WBL (apprenticeships only).

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

6. Local authority and constituency are based on home postcode of the learner.

Source:

WBL ILR