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Apprentices

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people began apprenticeships under the apprenticeship programme for 16-to-18 year olds in (a) North West Cambridgeshire, (b) Cambridgeshire, (c) the East of England and (d) England in each year since the scheme was introduced. (275922)

The table shows the number of 16 to 18-year-olds starting an apprenticeship in North West Cambridgeshire parliamentary constituency, Cambridgeshire local authority, the East of England region and England for 2003/04 onwards, the earliest year for which we have comparable data.

Apprenticeship starts for 16 to 18-year-olds

2003/04

2004/05

2005/06

2006/07

2007/08

NW Cambridgeshire

230

230

170

210

200

Cambridgeshire

900

1,100

900

1,000

1,000

East of England

9,500

10,100

8,500

9,100

9,800

England

107,500

112,600

99,000

105,100

107,000

Notes:

1. Area is based on home postcode of learner.

2. Figures for parliamentary constituency have been rounded to the nearest 10. All other figures have been rounded to the nearest hundred. Figures may not sum to totals due to rounding.

3. Figures for England include those learners with missing postcodes, and home postcodes outside of England.

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.