Academic Year 2020/21

Apprenticeships and traineeships

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  1. Updated with December transparency data

  2. Updated to add links to the interactive data visualisation tool

  3. Updated with full-year final data covering the 2020/21 academic year (August 2020 to July 2021).

  4. Updated with October transparency data

  5. Updated with August transparency data

  6. Updated with data covering the first three quarters of 2020/21

  7. Updated with June transparency data

  8. Correction to a learner characteristic file to incorporate detailed level

  9. Updated with May transparency data

  10. Updated with April transparency data and an additional achievement rate table

  11. Grammar and punctuation fixes

  12. Updated to fix technical issue

  13. Updated to add links to the interactive data visualisation tool

  14. Updated with data covering the first two quarters of 2020/21

  15. Updated with February transparency data

  16. Grammar and punctuation fixes

  17. Updated to add latest links to our interactive data visualisation tool

December 2021 update

This December monthly update makes changes to the ‘Apprenticeship Service and monthly transparency data’ and ‘Additional analysis’ sections. The latest available apprenticeship service data is provided, along with additional analysis relevant to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Please note: the first in-year apprenticeship starts data for the 2021/22 academic year will be published in January 2022 and will cover August to October 2021.

November 2021 release

This release showed full-year final data on apprenticeships and traineeships in England for the 2020/21 academic year (August 2020 to July 2021).

This full update also included the latest available apprenticeship service data including commitments, registrations, and reservations.

Skills Toolkit

We have also updated headline statistics relating to the Skills Toolkit website on course registrations and completions (please see the ‘Additional Analysis’ section). A separate downloadable file in the ‘Explore data and files’ section (as published in November 2021) contains registrations and completions by provider and individual course (‘Skills toolkit course registrations and completions as at 08-11-2021’). 

Impact of COVID-19 on reporting of FE and apprenticeship data

The 2020/21 data covers a period affected by varying COVID-19 restrictions, which will have impacted on apprenticeship and traineeship learning, and provider reporting behaviour via the Individualised Learner Record. Therefore, extra care should be taken when comparing academic years and interpreting data presented in this release.

Please note that the ‘Explore data and files’ section contains the underlying files that underpin this release and allows expert users to interrogate and analyse the data for themselves. For pre-populated summary statistics please see the relevant section underneath, from which the data can be further explored using the ‘Explore data’ functionality. You can also view featured tables or create your own table using the ‘create  tables' functionality.


Headline facts and figures - 2020/21

Figures for the 2020/21 academic year show:

  • Higher apprenticeships accounted for nearly a third of starts (30.7% or 98,800 starts)
  • Intermediate apprenticeships accounted for over a quarter of starts (26.2% or 84,100 starts)
  • Under 19s accounted for 20.3% of starts (65,100)
  • Starts supported by Apprenticeship Service Account (ASA) levy funds accounted for 63.9% (205,300) – please see ‘About these statistics’ for more information about ASA levy funds
  • Apprenticeship standards made up 98.7% of starts (317,100). Note: In 2020/21 there are a small number of starts on frameworks. All remaining apprenticeship frameworks were withdrawn to new learners on 31 July 2020. Learners who started on frameworks are where it has been agreed a learner can return to a previous framework they have been on after an extensive break
  • As at the end of the 2020/21 academic year, since May 2015 there have been 2,532,700 apprenticeship starts and since May 2010 this total stands at 4,910,200

Note: In our November 2020 full year release we stated that we were treating 2019/20 achievements as provisional at that stage. Following further analysis, we are now treating the 2019/20 data as final - please see ‘About these statistics’ for more information.

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