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Apprentices: Special Educational Needs

Question for Department for Education

UIN 110825, tabled on 1 November 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of apprenticeship starts have been taken up by learners with learning difficulties and disabilities and special education needs and disability in 2016-17.

Answered on

9 November 2017

The table below provides provisional figures for the 2016/17 academic year on the number of apprenticeship starts for learners with and without a learning difficulty and disability.

2016/17 Full Year (Provisional)

Percentage Distribution

Learning Difficulty/Disability



No Learning Difficulty/Disability



Not Known






Note: Total figures are rounded to the nearest hundred.

Apprenticeship data is collected via the Individualised Learner Record (ILR). The ILR does not hold information on statements of special educational need for apprenticeship learners, this is only collected for school pupils via the school census. Information on Learners with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities is self-declared by the learner and covers a wider range of both learning difficulties and disabilities. For further information on apprenticeship starts by demographic breakdowns, please refer to the demographic data tool via:

The table attached provides provisional traineeship starts figures for the 2016/17 academic year along with the percentage changes in comparison to finalised figures from each of the three previous years. Comparisons to previous academic years should be made with caution as the provisional figures are subject to change. Final 2016/17 academic year figures will be published on 23 November 2017.

For further information on traineeship starts by academic year, please refer to the October SFR main tables via: