The number of people completing an apprenticeship in England in 2007/08 was 112,600, the latest year for which fully audited figures are available. This is an increase from 39,000 in 2001/02.
Completion rates are also at a record high, with 64 per cent. successfully completing an apprenticeship in England in 2007/08. This is an increase from 37 per cent. in 2004/05.
The Learning and Skills Council has been responsible for promoting apprenticeships since it came into existence in April 2001. The Council’s acting chief executive, Geoffrey Russell, will write to the hon. Member with the information requested and a copy will be placed in the Libraries.