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Apprenticeships and Traineeships Data Statistics Release Cancelled

Gillian Keegan, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills said:

“The reforms introduced in 2017 mean apprenticeships are longer, more rigorous, and quality assessed by independent organisations. This has resulted in a slight decline in the number of starts, but we will continue to prioritise quality over quantity.

“While the impact of the coronavirus is still becoming clear, we are supporting employers, apprentices and training providers during this challenging time so people can continue to access high-quality apprenticeship opportunities. Apprenticeships are a valuable route into good quality employment and will play a vital role in securing our economic recovery, post-coronavirus.”

Statistics release cancelled

Updated with the latest official statistics that include monthly apprenticeship starts and the apprenticeship service.

As the demand increases for statistics and data to measure the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department for Education has had to change its data gathering and release practices, focussing efforts on priority analysis and statistics.

Our statement of 26 March 2020 explains this further and, in line with guidance from the Office for Statistics Regulation, the decision has been made cancel all in year further education and apprenticeship releases.

We will publish the end of year releases normally published in November, but we are cancelling the remaining in year dates which will enable us to provide an additional release with more relevant information to cover the period affected by the pandemic at some point during the year.

We are consulting users on this and seeking feedback on key data needs, which can be provided via [email protected].

We will keep users updated of further changes via the Department for Education Statistics website.

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