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Apprentices: Cumbria

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many of those completing apprenticeship schemes in (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland constituency obtained full-time permanent employment in each of the last five years. (255031)

An apprenticeship is a work-based programme and apprentices must have a job or a work placement as a condition of completing their apprenticeship framework. Many will already be in permanent employment prior to the end of their apprenticeship. Table 1 following shows apprenticeship completions in Cumbria local authority and Copeland constituency. Figures are presented from 2003/04 to 2007/08, the latest year for which fully audited data is available.

Table 1: Apprenticeship completions in Cumbria local authority and Copeland constituency—2007/08

Cumbria local authority

Copeland constituency

2003/04

800

130

2004/05

1,100

190

2005/06

1,400

240

2006/07

1,500

240

2007/08

1,600

240

Information on the immediate destinations of apprenticeships upon completion of their apprenticeship is not readily available.

This type of information will in future be collected using the Framework for Excellence learner destination survey with the first results for all FE Colleges and Work based learning providers available in spring 2009. There are no current plans to produce this analysis at local authority or constituency level.

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.