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Apprentices: Construction

Volume 489: debated on Tuesday 10 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people started apprenticeships in the construction industry in the most recent year for which figures are available. (259129)

[holding answer 2 March 2009]: Table 1 following shows the number of apprenticeship starts in construction in 2007/08. There were 21,000 apprenticeship starts in construction frameworks in 2007/08, up from 15,200 in 2003/04, a 38 per cent. increase.

Table 1: Apprenticeship starts in construction, 2007/08

Sector framework

Number of starts



Engineering Construction





1. Volumes are rounded to the nearest 100, and may not add up to the total.

2. Frameworks included in construction are:

107—Engineering Construction



WBL ILR 2007/08

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.