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Apprentices

Question for Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

UIN 27238, tabled on 19 February 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the number of apprentices at each of the apprenticeship educational levels 2 to 6 whom the Government plans to be part of its target of three million apprentices by 2020.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

3 March 2016

Apprenticeships are paid jobs and so their availability and level are dependent upon employers offering opportunities and recruiting apprentices. We will continue to support the growth in apprenticeships at all levels to meet our commitment to 3 million new starts in England by 2020.

We are committed to expanding Degree Apprenticeships, which combine a high quality degree with an apprenticeship. Higher and Degree Apprenticeships are widening access to the professions, providing the higher level technical skills employers need to improve productivity and giving young people an equally valid career route to purely university-based courses.

All Apprenticeship Starts by Level (2014/15 and 2015/16 - Reported to Date)

Level

2014/15

2015/16

Full Year

August to October

Level 2

298,280

86,620

Level 3

181,760

60,140

Level 4

7,090

2,880

Level 5

12,590

3,200

Level 6

100

240

Total Higher Apprenticeships

19,770

6,320

Total Apprenticeships

499,900

153,100

Answered by

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
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