Academic Year 2019/20

Apprenticeships and traineeships

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  1. Updated provisional status of 2019/20 achievements to final and updated user guide

  2. Corrected mis-typed figure in content

  3. Updated with December transparency data

  4. Updated to add links to interactive data visualisation tool

December 2020 update

This update provides the latest available apprenticeship service data, along with new additional analysis relevant to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The November apprenticeships and traineeships release used the final data return for the 2019/20 academic year (August 2019 to July 2020).

The first in-year apprenticeship starts data for the 2020/21 academic year be published in January 2020 and will cover August to October 2020.

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

The 2019/20 data covers the period affected by COVID-19 and the nationwide lockdown (i.e. from March 2020 onwards), which will have impacted on apprenticeship and traineeship learning and also provider reporting behaviour via the Individualised Learner Record. Therefore, extra care should be taken in comparing and interpreting data presented in this release. 

As this is a completely new approach to publishing our data and statistics, your feedback is important to help us improve and develop. Please see the Find my data and feedback section for more information on this. 

We will also be doing some proactive user research, the details of which will be provided in the apprenticeship and traineeship January 2021 release. 

Headline facts and figures - 2019/20

Final figures for 2019/20 show:

  • Since May 2015 there have been 2,211,200 apprenticeship starts and since May 2010 this total stands at 4,588,800
  • Higher apprenticeships accounted for over a quarter of starts (25.6% or 82,500 starts) while Intermediate and Advanced apprenticeships accounted for 74.4% of starts (240,100)
  • Under 19s accounted for 23.6% of starts; 19-24s for 29.5% and those aged 25+ made up 46.8%
  • Apprenticeship standards made up nearly three-quarters of starts (240,700)
  • Starts supported by Apprenticeship Service Account levy funds accounted for 64.9% (209,300) - please see ‘About these statistics’ for more information about ASA levy funds
  • An average of 1.7% of employees started an apprenticeship in public sector organisations between April 2017 and March 2020.
  • During the period since the start of lockdown (23 March to 31 July 2020), there were 60,860 starts - a 45.5% drop compared to the same period in 2018/19. Of these starts:
    • Learners aged 25 and over accounted for 61.6% (54.5% in the previous year).
    • Intermediate apprenticeships accounted for 25.6% (36.1% in the previous year).
    • Higher apprenticeships accounted for 31.4% (17.7% in the previous year).

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