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Apprentices: Merseyside

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people commenced level 2 apprenticeships in (a) Crosby, (b) Sefton and (c) Merseyside in each of the last five years. (277734)

Table 1 shows the number of Level 2 apprenticeship starts in Crosby parliamentary constituency, and the five local authorities (including Sefton), which make up the metropolitan county of Merseyside.

Table 1: Level 2 Apprenticeship starts

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Crosby

190

210

160

200

180

Knowsley

700

800

600

600

700

Liverpool

1,600

1,800

1,500

1,800

2,000

Sefton

1,000

1,000

1,000

1,100

1,000

St. Helens

600

700

500

500

600

Wirral

1,300

1,500

1,200

1,100

1,300

Merseyside

5,200

5,700

4,700

5,100

5,700

Notes: 1. Parliamentary constituency volumes are rounded to the nearest ten and local authority figures to the nearest hundred. Figures may not sum to totals due to rounding. 2. Local authority and parliamentary constituency are based upon the home postcode of the learner. 3. Programme-led apprenticeships recorded in WBL ILR returns are included in the above figures. 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.