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Further Education

Question for Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

UIN 218803, tabled on 15 December 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many people aged 24 years and older participated in Government-funded further education courses at all levels in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, (d) 2012-13 and (e) 2013-14.

Answered on

5 January 2015

Table 1 shows the number of people aged 24 years and older who participated in Government-funded further education courses at all levels in the last five academic years.

Table 1: 24+ FE & Skills Participation (2009/10 to 2013/14) – Learner Volumes

Funded Learners

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

Participation

2,873,400

2,515,100

2,493,600

2,583,100

2,273,300

Notes

1) Volumes are rounded to the nearest 100; percentages are calculated on pre-rounded data.

2) Age is reported as at 31 August of the academic year and is based upon self-declaration by the learner.

3) The data source for this table is the Individualised Learner Record.

4) Figures for 2011/12 onwards are not directly comparable to earlier years as a Single Individualised Learner Record (ILR) data collection system has been introduced. Small technical changes have been made in the way learners from more than one provision type are counted, leading to a removal of duplicate learners and a reduction in overall learner numbers of approximately 2 per cent.

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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills