Academic Year 2020/21

Apprenticeships and traineeships

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

  2. Grammar and punctuation fixes

  3. Updated to fix technical issue

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

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

  6. Updated with February transparency data

  7. Grammar and punctuation fixes

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

April 2021 update

This April update makes changes to the ‘Apprenticeship Service and monthly transparency data’ and ‘Additional analysis’ sections. An additional achievement rate table covering individual frameworks and standards has also been provided in the ‘National achievement rates’ section.

The latest available apprenticeship service data is provided, along with additional analysis relevant to the COVID-19 outbreak. The updated monthly apprenticeship starts figures cover the first two quarters of the 2020/21 academic year based on a later data return to that used in the March 2021 release. 

Skills Toolkit

We have also updated headline statistics relating to the Skills Toolkit website covering course registrations and completions (please see the ‘Additional Analysis’ section). A separate downloadable file in the ‘View data and files’ section that was published in March 2021 contains registrations and completions by provider and individual course (Skills toolkit course registrations and completions as at 21-02-2021). 

As of March 2021, we are updating the detailed downloadable file only alongside our quarterly main releases, but publishing headline totals for registrations and completions as monthly updates to the release.

March 2021 release

The quarterly update released in March 2021 provides provisional in-year apprenticeship and traineeship figures for the first two quarters of the 2020/21 academic year (August 2020 to January 2021). These data will be updated to include data for the first three quarters of 2020/21 (covering August 2020 to April 2021) in July. 

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 also provider reporting behaviour via the Individualised Learner Record. Therefore, extra care should be taken in comparing and interpreting data presented in this release. 

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Headline facts and figures - 2020/21

Latest provisional figures for the 2020/21 academic year show:

  • Since May 2015 there have been 2,373,100 apprenticeship starts and since May 2010 this total stands at 4,750,700
  • Higher apprenticeships accounted for nearly a third of starts (31.7% or 51,400 starts)
  • Intermediate apprenticeships accounted for a quarter of starts (25.6% or 41,500 starts)
  • Under 19s accounted for 23.9% of starts (38,800)
  • Starts supported by Apprenticeship Service Account (ASA) levy funds accounted for 57.4% (92,900) – please see ‘About these statistics’ for more information about ASA levy funds
  • Apprenticeship standards made up 98.3% of starts (159,100). Note: In the first two quarters of 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.

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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