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Posted on 23/06/2020 in Apprenticeship Sector News Stories

Apprentices still started Apprenticeships during Lockdown: Amazing Achievement to all involved


Apprentices still started Apprenticeships during Lockdown: Amazing Achievement to all involved

Apprenticeship service data as at May 2020, and apprenticeship starts to April 2020, with separate May 2020 starts covering the coronavirus outbreak. 

Impact of the apprenticeship levy and COVID-19 As of May 2017, reforms have been made to how apprenticeship funding works, including the introduction of the apprenticeship levy and apprenticeship service. The profile of apprenticeship starts changed significantly since the introduction of the levy which, along with the introduction of apprenticeship standards (that are replacing frameworks), has impacted on the number and nature of apprenticeship starts and participation. The latest monthly apprenticeship data now includes data relating to the period affected by COVID-19, i.e. from March 2020 onwards (note: the UK lockdown was announced on 23 March so is likely to have impacted on starts in the last week of March). Therefore, extra care should be taken in comparing and interpreting data presented in this release. The apprenticeship starts data are based on the tenth Individualised Learner Record (ILR) data return for the 2019/20 academic year from data providers, with a return date of 4 June 2020. 

There have been 26,090 apprenticeship starts reported to date between 23 March and 31 May 2020, fewer than the 50,050 reported for this period at this point last year, a decrease of 47.9 per cent (see table 1 below) 5 . As noted, final data will not become available until later in the year, therefore at this point it is unclear what the true number of starts in the affected period was or if the level of underreporting at this point in the year has been affected by the lockdown. 

To note also, as reported in the April update – which included data prior to the lockdown – latest reported to date starts for 2019/20 were down on the same point in the previous year, with starts in all months (except September) in 2019/20 reported to date also being lower than those reported at the same point in 2018/19. 

Of the starts reported during this period in 2019/20: • Learners aged 25 and over make up 63.9 per cent of starts; this was 56.4 per cent in the previous year. 

• Intermediate apprenticeships accounted for 26.9 per cent of starts; this was 37.1 per cent in 2018/19. • Higher apprenticeships accounted for 31.3 per cent of starts; this was 17.9 per cent in 2018/19. • Business, Administration and Law and Health, and Public Services and Care were the dominant sector subject areas comprising 67.3 per cent of starts in 2019/20. These were also the main sector subject areas the previous year, but they represented a smaller proportion of starts (62.9 per cent). 


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Apprenticeships and traineeships: main text - June 2020 update

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Apprenticeship and levy statistics: June 2020 main tables

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Apprenticeship and levy statistics: June 2020 main tables

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Apprenticeship starts for May 2020, reported to date

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Apprenticeship and traineeships: June 2020 metadata for underlying data files

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Unrounded raw data set (framework, standard, SSA, level, age): August 2014 to April 2020, reported to date

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List of supplementary files published during the 2019 to 2020 academic year (June 2020 update)

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Details

Due to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on further education and apprenticeship training activity, and the reporting of data, the Department for Education (DfE) replaced the planned further in-year statistics from the Apprenticeship and traineeships: April 2020 release onwards. We will publish the end-of-year releases normally published in November, but replacing the remaining in-year dates enables us to provide releases with more relevant information to cover the period affected by the pandemic.

We intend to make headline statistics such as apprenticeship starts available on a regular basis, and to similar timescales to those currently, but we intend to repurpose our releases to focus on the most relevant information available. Please see the main text document for more information on the replacement to publications.

Email fe.officialstatistics@education.gov.uk to tell us about your key data needs. We’d particularly like to know how often you need data and how you’d like it broken down. For example, by age, level and individual framework or standard.

Read Statistics at DfE to find out about any changes.

This release is an update to the Apprenticeship and traineeships: May 2020 statistics publication and is a repurposed transitionary approach during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please see the document above, ‘Apprenticeships and traineeships: main text - June 2020 update’, for more information.

We have updated official statistics within the publication to provide:

  • the latest monthly apprenticeship starts to April 2020
  • the number of apprenticeship service commitments as reported at the end of May 2020
  • new, separate tables on apprenticeship starts as first reported for the month of May

The data for May are being provided for transparency during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and would not normally be released due to high levels of underreporting at this point in the year (for example May starts as first reported at this point in 2019 were only 71.1 per cent of the final figure). Additionally, the pandemic will have had an unknown impact on provider reporting, which may mean underreporting has been affected further. Therefore extra care should be taken in interpreting these data.

For commentary and statistics relating specifically to the latest full academic year (2018 to 2019) please see Further education and skills: November 2019.

We may amend the content and timing of these statistics depending on user feedback and data reporting.

For further information about this publication or to provide feedback, please contact:

Further education statistical dissemination team

Matthew Rolfe
Department for Education
2 St Paul’s Place
125 Norfolk Street

Sheffield
S1 2FJ

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