From education to employment

76% of FE learners and apprentices continue into either employment or learning

The Further education: Outcome-based success measures, 2016/17 have been published today (24 Oct).

Earnings for FE learners and apprentices have seen year-on-year increases over the last five years, and the percentage of FE learners and apprentices with a sustained positive destination into either employment or learning (or both) remain at 76% in 2017/18.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

“It is brilliant to see that so many further education students and apprentices are securing a job, or continuing with their studies. It is also great news that they are seeing such year on year increases to their wages too.

“We want to make sure more people can access high-quality further education or training so they can gain the skills they need to progress. To support this drive we have announced an additional £400 million for sixth forms and colleges for 2020-2021 – the single biggest annual uplift since 2010. We are also transforming technical education including through the introduction of new T Level qualifications from next year, new Institutes of Technology and the creation of more high-quality apprenticeship opportunities.”

Outcome-based success measures covering the destinations (into employment and learning), and progression of learners throughout their further education.

It also includes estimates on the earnings outcomes of learners that achieved an apprenticeship or adult learners that achieved a skills course at full level 2, full level 3, level 4 or higher.

The data uses the longitudinal education outcomes (LEO) study, which looks at how learners move through education and into the labour market by bringing together:

  • schools, further and higher education information from the Department for Education
  • employment information from HM Revenue and Customs
  • benefit histories from the Department of Work and Pensions

Outcomes of learners achieving further education training.


Further education: outcome-based success measures

PDF, 1.02MB, 24 pages

Methodology document

PDF, 1.33MB, 22 pages

National destination tables

MS Excel Spreadsheet, 286KB

Provider and qualification destination tables

MS Excel Spreadsheet, 186MB

Geographic destination tables

MS Excel Spreadsheet, 197MB

Earnings tables

MS Excel Spreadsheet, 30.7MB

Underlying data national destination tables

ZIP, 31.6KB

Underlying data provider and qualification destination tables

ZIP, 22.1MB

Underlying data geographic destination tables

ZIP, 18.9MB

Underlying data earnings tables

ZIP, 7.13MB

Pre-release access list



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