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Agriculture: Apprentices

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 68361, tabled on 17 March 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the number of apprenticeship starts in the food, farming and agri-tech sectors in each year since 2010; and if she will make a statement.

Answered on

22 March 2017

The table below shows apprenticeship starts in each year since 2010/11. This is based on the number of starts under the Food Manufacture, Agriculture and Horticulture frameworks. The Apprenticeships Levy, being introduced in April, is expected to drive a further increase in apprenticeship numbers.

In the next few years, frameworks are being replaced by employer-led standards. The food and farming industry is developing such standards which will better meet the needs of the industry.

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

Food, farming and agri-tech apprenticeship starts

4,870

7,280

7,180

6,200

5,890

7,160

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