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56% of #Apprenticeship Starts This year Have Been Supported by #Levy Paying Employers

Apprenticeship and Levy statistics: October 2019

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

“I have been clear of my ambition to raise standards across technical and vocational education and it is encouraging to see a huge rise in people so far in the 2018/19 academic year starting our new higher-quality apprenticeship standards– up 52% from the previous year.

“The apprenticeship levy is supporting businesses of all sizes to fund training and 56% of all apprenticeship starts this year have been supported by levy paying employers.

“We want to see more people accessing apprenticeships to gain the skills they need to form a strong workforce for the future. Our 500th apprenticeship standard was recently approved, meaning that there are now more high-quality routes available than ever.”

Starts on higher level apprenticeships (level 4+) have increased 58% (from 46,900 in the provisional 2017/18 year to 74,200 in the latest 2018/19 figures).

There were 1,020 transferred commitments where the transfer of funds between apprenticeship service accounts had been approved as at 31 August 2019. Of these transferred commitments, 780 had so far been recorded as apprenticeship starts.

Statistics covering apprenticeship starts, apprenticeship service registrations and commitments.


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Official statistics on the use of the apprenticeship service, including:

  • apprenticeship service account registrations to August 2019
  • the number of commitments and transferred commitments, where someone expected to start an apprenticeship is recorded in the system, to August 2019
  • the number of transferred commitments confirmed as having started their apprenticeships

The statistics also include monthly apprenticeship starts information for the provisional full 2018 to 2019 academic year.

Please see Further education (FE) and skills statistics, and the FE data library for more apprenticeship statistics.

We may amend the content and timing of these statistics depending on user feedback and data reporting.

Further education statistical dissemination team

Matthew Rolfe
Department for Education
2 St Paul’s Place
125 Norfolk Street
S1 2FJ

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