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Apprentices

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Eddisbury of 3 November 2008, Official Report, column 171W, on apprentices, how many of the apprenticeships referred to were state-funded. (258064)

The information provided on 3 November 2008, Official Report, column 171W, was apprenticeship places in England funded by the Government through the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) since 2001, and previously through Training and Enterprise Councils (TECs). Hence, all apprenticeship starts given in the table were state-funded.

Table 1 as follows gives updated LSC/TEC-funded apprenticeship starts from 1997/98 to 2007/08. Information for 2007/08 was first published in a statistical first release on 18 December 2008:

http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/Statistics

Table 1: Apprenticeship starts, 1997/98 to 2007/08

Starts

1997/98

75,000

1998/99

118,000

1999/2000

165,000

2000/01

177,000

2001/02

162,000

2002/03

204,000

2003/04

194,000

2004/05

189,000

2005/06

175,000

2006/07

184,000

2007/08

225,000

Note:

Numbers have been rounded to the nearest thousand.

Source:

WBL ILR/ISR

The Government are committed to rebuilding apprenticeships. 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.