Academic Year 2020/21

Apprenticeships and traineeships

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February 2021 update

This update provides the latest available apprenticeship service data, along with additional analysis relevant to the COVID-19 outbreak. Apprenticeship starts covering the first 4 months (August to November) of the 2020/21 academic year are provided for transparency purposes. 

Quarter 1 (August to October 2020) 

The January 2021 release provides provisional in-year apprenticeship and traineeship figures for the first quarter of the 2020/21 academic year (August to October 2020). This release will be updated to include data for the first two quarters of 2020/21 (covering August 2020 to January 2021) in March.

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

Provisional figures for the first quarter of the 2020/21 academic year (August to October 2020) show:

  • Since May 2015 there have been 2,302,300 apprenticeship starts and since May 2010 this total stands at 4,679,800
  • Higher apprenticeship accounted for a third of starts (33.1% or 30,100 starts)
  • Intermediate apprenticeships accounted for a quarter of starts (25.6% or 23,300 starts)
  • Under 19s accounted for 26.1% of starts (23,800)
  • Starts supported by Apprenticeship Service Account levy funds accounted for 56.7% (51,600) – please see ‘About these statistics’ for more information about ASA levy funds
  • Apprenticeship standards made up 97.9% of starts (89,200). Note: In the first quarter 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 All remaining apprenticeship frameworks were withdrawn to new learners on 31 July 2020.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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