Data set from Apprenticeships and traineeships

Public sector target - historical aggregate return values by sub-sector 2017-18 to 2021-22

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Historical apprenticeships target data submitted by public sector organisations

Financial Years: 2017-18 to 2021-22

Indicators: Employee and apprentice numbers (immediately before and at the end of each reporting period). New employees and apprentices starting during the reporting period. Percentage of employees who are apprentices. New apprenticeship starts as a percentage of headcount. Number of public sector bodies included in aggregates.

Filters: Sub-sector

Data set details

Further education
Apprenticeships and traineeships
Release type
Geographic levels
  • % of employees starting apprenticeships in period
  • Apprentices % at end of period
  • Apprentices % prior to period
  • Sub-sector
Time period
2017-18 to 2021-22

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
202122Financial yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotal11271.83565.4113.93.2602.863.710.63634.1125.93.5zzz
202122Financial yearNationalE92000001EnglandArmed Forces37.115922.514.113.711.281.7158.12415.2zzz
202122Financial yearNationalE92000001EnglandCivil Service11.9389.917.34.456.17.313402.114.63.6zzz
202122Financial yearNationalE92000001EnglandFire Authority222.226.81.1420.628.326.613.7zzz
202122Financial yearNationalE92000001EnglandLocal Government2611.31049.424.82.4142.813.79.61044.827.32.6zzz

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 15 variables
Variable nameVariable description
app_endApprentices at end of period (thousands)
app_newNew apprentices in period (thousands)
app_new_cumulativeCumulative new apprentices over 4-year period 2017/18 to 2020/21 (thousands)
app_priorApprentices prior to period (thousands)
bodiesNumber of employers included in period


  1. Headcount and apprentice numbers have been rounded to the nearest 100.
  2. Percentages are rounded to one decimal place and calculated based on unrounded volumes.
  3. Sub-sectors have been assigned based on a mapping of Apprenticeship Service account names to public sector bodies.
  4. New apprentices, includes employees who were already working for the body before beginning their apprenticeship, as well as new apprentice hires.
  5. The Civil Service is covered by a single return compiled by the Cabinet Office.
  6. Staff in schools maintained by a Local Authority are included within the 'Local Government' totals.

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