Today’s Education in the media blog looks at the latest apprenticeship statistics which were released yesterday.
Yesterday, Thursday 13 September, we published the latest apprenticeships and levy statistics. This was covered by the Times, Financial Times and City AM.
These latest figures show that there has been a big increase in the number of learners starting on the new high-quality apprenticeship standards – 119,500 were reported in the first three quarters of the 2017/18 academic year, in comparison to 11,000 at the same point last year. This means an increase of 986%.
We are pleased to see that employers are embracing the new system – since the levy was introduced, 46.8% of apprenticeship starts have been supported by employers.
We have also introduced new high-quality apprenticeship standards – and as of June 2018, 50% of apprenticeship starts were using these standards.
Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton said:
Employers right across the country are taking up the fantastic opportunity apprentices bring to their business. It’s a great way to build the skills business needs.
Traditional academic routes are no longer the only option available with our new high quality apprenticeship standards giving people a route to fulfilling jobs and a successful career.
There are a wide variety of exciting apprenticeships on offer from marine engineering to finance to nursing, fashion and law.
I have seen for myself how an apprenticeship can alter the course of someone’s life and everyone, whatever their background and whatever their academic achievement, should consider the option of taking up this opportunity.