Latest statistics from the apprenticeship service including registered apprenticeship services accounts and commitments, reported to 31 October 2017 by levy-paying employers. There were 13,910 commitments made through the apprenticeship service in October, down from 27,130 the previous month. A fall-back is normal after the September surge – but at 49 per cent it is a much bigger drop by proportion than in any of the past three years, which have seen an average die-back of around 39 per cent. There are now 11,800 employers with levy accounts, which represents around 61 per cent of all the companies the DfE estimates are eligible to pay the levy. So there is little sign of a surge in either registrations or commitments at this stage.