Academic Year 2020/21

Apprenticeships and traineeships

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  1. Updated with October transparency data

  2. Updated with August transparency data

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

  4. Updated with June transparency data

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

  6. Updated with May transparency data

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

  8. Grammar and punctuation fixes

  9. Updated to fix technical issue

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

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

  12. Updated with February transparency data

  13. Grammar and punctuation fixes

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

October 2021 update

This October 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. The updated monthly apprenticeship starts figures cover the 2020/21 academic year (provisional full year) based on data returned in September 2021.

July 2021 release

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

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

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 that was published in July 2021  contains registrations and completions by provider and individual course (‘Skills toolkit course registrations and completions as at 27-06-2021’). Headline Skills Toolkit registration and completion volumes are provided as monthly updates to the release, whilst the detailed downloadable file is only updated alongside our quarterly main releases.

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 in comparing 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

As this is a completely new approach to publishing our data and statistics, your feedback is important to help us improve and develop. If you have any feedback, please complete our survey.

See ‘Find my data and feedback’ for more information on volunteering for some proactive user research. 


Headline facts and figures - 2020/21

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

  • Since May 2015 there have been 2,464,400 apprenticeship starts and since May 2010 this total stands at 4,841,900
  • Higher apprenticeships accounted for nearly a third of starts (31.9% or 80,700 starts)
  • Intermediate apprenticeships accounted for a quarter of starts (25.4% or 64,300 starts)
  • Under 19s accounted for 21.0% of starts (53,100)
  • Starts supported by Apprenticeship Service Account (ASA) levy funds accounted for 62.1% (157,300) – please see ‘About these statistics’ for more information about ASA levy funds
  • Apprenticeship standards made up 98.5% of starts (249,400). Note: In the first three 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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