FE and Skills Statistics – November 2019

The Department for Education has published further education and skills statistics, including learner participation and achievements. These statistics now include the apprenticeship and levy statistics which were previously published as a separate publication. The figures show that for the 2018/19 academic year (August 2018 to July 2019) there were 393,400 apprenticeship starts, compared with 375,800 in 2017/18, and 509,400 in 2015/16,  prior to introduction of the apprenticeship levy. The traineeship statistics show that there were 14,900 traineeship starts in 2018/19, a decrease from 17,700 in 2017/18.

The statistics also show that 24.8 % of starts were for learners aged under 19. This article comments on the fact that the number of apprenticeships started by young people is now 22% lower than five years ago.