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Apprentices: Darlington

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 3 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many new (a) apprenticeships and (b) training places are planned to be made available for people in Darlington constituency in the next 12 months. (258255)

Information on planned apprenticeship and training volumes is available at national level only.

Table 1 as follows shows FE and skills participation for the Darlington local authority area in 2007-08, the latest complete year for which fully audited information is available. This information is not available by parliamentary constituency.

Table 2 as follows shows apprenticeship starts for the Darlington parliamentary constituency in 2007-08.

Table 1: FE and skills participation, Darlington local authority, 2007/08 (provisional)

Age

Number

16-18

2,800

19+

5,900

All learners

8,800

Notes:

1. Volumes are rounded to the nearest 100.

2. These figures include FE, University for Industry, WBL (including apprenticeships, entry to employment), train to gain and adult safeguarded learning.

3. Final 2007/08 data will be published in March 2009.

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.

5. Learners that are included in different data collections e.g. a learner undertaking an apprenticeship and a train to gain qualification, will be counted twice in this table.

6. Age is calculated based upon age as at 31 August of the academic year.

7. Local authority is based on home postcode of the learner.

Table 2: Apprenticeship starts in Darlington parliamentary constituency, 2007/08

Age

Number

Below 19

290

19+

340

All learners

630

Notes:

1. Volumes are rounded to the nearest 10.

2. These figures include WBL (apprenticeships only).

3. 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.

4. Parliamentary constituency is based on home postcode of the learner.

Source:

WBL ILR.

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. A remarkable achievement.