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Apprentices: Aerospace Industry

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeships there are in (a) the aerospace industry and (b) those parts of the (i) Eurofighter and (ii) Airbus consortia operating in England. (290268)

Information is not available to identify the total number of apprentices in the categories asked for. Data can only reliably be presented down to levels such as apprenticeship “frameworks” to which the aerospace industry would be a relatively small component in categories such as engineering and IT.

Information about companies providing apprenticeships is not currently available centrally. From 1 August 2009 we have begun to collect standardised data on the employer with whom the apprentice is placed. This is a new requirement of providers, primarily to assess trends in employer engagement by sector rather than to identify activity at the individual employer level where corporate structures, especially for large organisations, can make such analysis extremely difficult. We expect to review the quality and relevance of the data when sufficient volume of data are available and subject to confidentiality rules consider whether it can be published on a regular basis.