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Apprentices

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what percentage of apprenticeship starts (a) at each level and (b) by each age group in each year from 2005-06 to 2008-09 were in programme-led apprenticeships. (264029)

Tables 1 and 2 show the percentage of apprenticeship starts that were programme led apprenticeships by (a) age and (b) level in each year from 2005/06 to 2007/08, the latest year for which we have fully audited data. We expect these programme-led apprentices to have a strong link to the workplace. The following figures do not include programme-led apprenticeships in colleges on wholly further education based courses.

Table 1: Programme led apprenticeship starts by level, 2005/06 to 2007/08

Percentage

Level

2005/06

2006/07

2007/08

Level 2-Apprenticeships

11.0

8.6

8.0

Level 3-Advanced Apprenticeships

5.1

5.5

3.7

Other

1.4

0.8

0.5

Total

9.1

7.5

6.5

Table 2: Programme led apprenticeship starts by age, 2005/06 to 2007/08

Percentage

Age

2005/06

2006/07

2007/08

Under 19

11.9

9.7

9.2

19-24

5.6

4.7

5.1

25+

1.6

1—

0.2

Total

9.1

7.5

6.5

1 Indicates nil or negligible

Notes:

1. Figures are based on the number of programme-led apprenticeships in work-based learning.

2. The denominator used in the calculations includes all apprenticeship starts plus a very small number of starts on NVQ only programmes.

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.