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Young People stating Apprenticeships numbers continue to fall. What needs to be done to stop the continued decline? Time to start listening ESFA, Institute for Apprenticeships

Young People stating Apprenticeships numbers continue to fall. What needs to be done to stop the continued decline? Time to start listening ESFA, Institute for Apprenticeships

Time for the ESFA, The Institute of Apprenticeships to hold up their hands and admit they have got it wrong and start to listen to the people who work in the sector, to employers and young people who are not engaging.  

Review after review, funding cuts, bureaucracy gone mad.

Levy Funding we have reached two years. Has this made levy paying employers take up apprenticeships (no most just to the bureaucracy have accepted as an additional tax. And the money not used is not being put back into apprenticeship (Major Fail)

Apprenticeships work but the ESFA and Institute for apprenticeships seem to be  hell bent on stopping apprenticeships for young people and people who want to get on the first step of a career. 

Participation (FE & skills table 1) In 2018/19, apprenticeship participation decreased to 742,400 compared with 814,800 in 2017/18, a decrease of 8.9 per cent. This is 17.5 per cent below the number in 2015/16 (899,400) prior to introduction of the apprenticeship levy. 

You promised 3m apprenticeships by 2020, you would not listen and you have failed, who have you failed the young people of this country who despite millions spent on a TV advert played at the wrong time, The RoATP mess which still has over 1000 training providers listed in 2017 either not approved, decided to walk away or still waiting after applying for RoATP refresh

393,400 apprenticeship starts have been reported in 2018/19, compared with 375,800 in 2017/18, an increase of 4.7 per cent. This is 22.8 per cent below the number in 2015/16 (509,400) prior to introduction of the apprenticeship levy. 

Starts on higher apprenticeships (Level 4 and above) increased by 55.9 per cent to 75,100 compared to 48,200 in 2017/18. 80.9 per cent of starts in 2018/19 were either intermediate (Level 2) or advanced (Level 3) apprenticeships, this compares to 87.2 per cent in 2017/18. Starts at Level 6 and above doubled to 22,500 in 2018/19 from 10,900 in 2017/18. 24.8 per cent of starts (97,700) were for learners aged under 19 and 75.2 per cent (295,700) were aged 19 and over. There have been 1.9 million apprenticeship starts since May 2015 and 4.3 million starts since May 2010. 

Standards (FE & skills table 2) 63.1 per cent of all starts were on apprenticeship standards (248,100) in 2018/19. There have now been 441,100 starts on apprenticeship standards since their introduction in September 2014. 

Levy supported starts (FE & skills table 2) Since the introduction of the apprenticeship levy in April 2017 there have been 431,100 levy-supported starts, of which 223,900 were started in 2018/19, representing 56.9 per cent of all starts in that year. 

BAME and LDD (FE data library2 ) 48,400 apprenticeships were started by individuals from a black, asian or minority ethnic (BAME) group. This is 12.5 per cent of apprenticeship starts in 2018/19, compared to 11.4 per cent in 2017/18. 46,300 apprenticeships were started by individuals who reported having a learning difficulty and/or disability (LDD). This is 12.0 per cent of apprenticeship starts in 2018/19, compared to 11.6 per cent for 2017/18. The BAME/LDD targets (previously set out in the Benefits Realisation Strategy3 ) have been revised upwards from 11.9 per cent to 12.1 per cent to reflect a change made in July 2019 to the way we calculate proportions which excludes unknown ethnicity/disability 

Achievements (FE & skills table 2) 185,100 apprenticeship achievements have been reported in 2018/19, compared with 276,200 in 2017/18, a decrease of 33.0 per cent. This is 31.8 per cent below the number in 2015/16 (271,700) prior to introduction of the apprenticeship levy. 

Participation (FE & skills table 1) In 2018/19, apprenticeship participation decreased to 742,400 compared with 814,800 in 2017/18, a decrease of 8.9 per cent. This is 17.5 per cent below the number in 2015/16 (899,400) prior to introduction of the apprenticeship levy. 

Duration Expected duration for apprentices (excluding re-starters) was 611 days in 2018/19, compared to 581 days in 2017/18, an increase of 5.3%. 

Learner participation and achievements in England for the 2018 to 2019 academic year, which includes apprenticeship starts, the apprenticeship levy and public sector apprenticeships. Click here for the full report


Image Apprenticeships Starts in last 5 years taken from FE Week

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