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Apprenticeship statistics for England

Apprenticeship statistics for England

Apprenticeship starts in 2017/18

In 2017/18, there were 814,800 people participating in an apprenticeship in England, with 375,800 apprenticeship starts and 276,200 apprenticeship achievements.

The number of starts fell following the introduction of a new apprenticeship funding system in May 2017. There were 119,100 fewer starts in 2017/18 than in 2016/17. Starts at intermediate level and by apprentices aged 25 and over were particularly affected.

94,000 fewer people were participating in an apprenticeship in 2017/18 than in 2016/17.

Constituency data on apprenticeship starts are available in the Constituency Apprenticeship Statistics spreadsheet accompanying this Briefing Paper.

Starts by apprentice characteristics

The age profile of people starting apprenticeships changed between 2016/17 and 2017/18, with a higher proportion of starts from younger apprentices.

41% of the apprenticeships started in 2017/18 were by people over the age of 24 and a further 30% were started by those aged between 19 and 24, meaning that 71% of apprenticeships were started by people aged 19 or over. In 2016/17, 75% of apprenticeships were started by those aged 19 or over.

The gender profile also changed.

In 2017/18, 49% of apprenticeships starts were by women and 51% by men. This was the first time that more apprenticeships have been started by men than women since 2009/10.

Starts by apprenticeship characteristic

Apprenticeship starts were more likely to be at a higher level in 2017/18.

44% of apprenticeships started in 2017/18 were at advanced level, with 13% started at higher level. In 2016/17, 40% of apprenticeship starts were at advanced level and 7% were at higher level.

The number of starts at intermediate level in 2017/18 were the lowest in any year since 2009/10.

There were 11,000 level 6 and 7 starts in 2017/18. In 2016/17 there were only 2,000 starts at these levels.

The number of starts on apprenticeship standards increased by over 60,000 between 2016/17 and 2017/18, while the number of framework starts fell by almost 260,000. 25% of apprenticeship starts were on standards in 2017/18, up from just 2% in 2016/17.

83% of all starts were in four subject areas: Business, Administration and Law; Health, Public Services and Care; Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies and Retail & Commercial Enterprise.

Policy Developments

In May 2017 the apprenticeship funding system was revised, and the apprenticeship levy was introduced. A summary of significant policy developments is provided in section 5 of this paper.

This note presents and analyses data on the number of people starting apprenticeships in England and statistics for Parliamentary Constituencies in England.

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Skills and training are devolved policy areas. This Briefing Paper covers apprenticeships in England. Sources of information on apprenticeships in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are included in the Commons Briefing Paper, Apprenticeships Policy in England.

Constituency data on apprenticeship starts are available in the Constituency Apprenticeship Statistics spreadsheet accompanying this Briefing Paper.

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