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No Sign of Recovery in Apprenticeship Starts
July 13, 2018
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The following article is by Julia Belgutay 

According to the latest provisional data released on 12th July 2018, there were 24,100 starts in April 2018. This down by two-thirds from the provisional figure for April 2017, which stood at more than 70,000. However, this was the month which saw a spike in new starts ahead of the introduction of the levy.

The latest figures show a continuation of the trend of a steepening in the year-on-year decline in apprenticeship starts, compared to the drop of more than half in reported March.

However, given the sharp drop in apprenticeship starts reported in May 2017, the figures for May 2018, due to be published in August, should see more stability return to the statistics.

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April 2018: Apprenticeship Statistics
April 23, 2018
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Apprenticeship starts were down 31 percent in January compared with the same period in 2017, the latest provisional government statistics released this morning have revealed.

There were 25,400 starts that month – down 11,300 from January 2017’s provisional total of 36,700, according to the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

The latest figures represent a bigger proportionate drop than in December, which saw a 23 percent year-on-year fall in starts.

Earlier this week the chancellor Philip Hammond admitted to parliament that he had expected starts to fall with the introduction of the apprenticeship levy – but not to the extent that they are.

“I recognise that starts are down—we always expected that,” he said.

“There are fewer starts than we expected, but we are seeing a much higher level of apprenticeship,” he continued.

“The Department for Education and the Treasury are looking carefully at how this is working,” he said.

“Our reforms to the apprenticeship system are about increasing the number of quality apprenticeships, so people of all ages and backgrounds can take advantage of the opportunities apprenticeships bring,” a DfE spokesperson said.

“We have recently seen an increase in the number of people starting on higher level apprenticeships, such as engineering and law, and on our new quality apprenticeship standards. These new apprenticeships are designed by employers themselves to meet their needs, and in a range of industries such as fashion, banking and defence.

“The apprenticeship levy is an important part of these changes to raise the quality of apprenticeships in this country, creating long-term, sustainable investment in training and education. Nearly 60 per cent of people starting on the new apprenticeship standards are levy supported, showing that levy payers are working well with the new system.”

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Number in Employment Reaches Record High
January 24, 2018
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Official figures released today (24 January 2018) show that the employment rate is at a joint record high of 75.3%, with a record 32.2 million people in work.

This is a rise of 415,000 compared to last year’s figures. The figures, released by the Office for National Statistics, also show that unemployment is at its lowest level since 1975.

The new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey, said:

We had a record-breaking 2017 for employment, and I’m delighted to see this trend continue as we enter the new year.

The number of people in work is at an all-time high and the unemployment rate has not been this low for over 40 years.

At this time of year, straight after Christmas, people might be feeling a squeeze on their finances. We’re determined to help people keep more of what they earn.

That’s why we’ve increased the National Living Wage, introduced Universal Credit to offer greater flexibility and taken millions of people out of income tax altogether by raising the tax-free personal allowance.

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Widening Participation in HE Statistics – 2015 to 2016
February 3, 2017
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The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) publishes performance indicators (PIs) for higher education in 3 batches each year, on behalf of the 4 UK funding bodies.

This is the first batch of institution-level performance indicators.

Further batches of institution-level indicators will follow in March and July respectively. These refer to:

  • retention of higher education students (students who do not progress to the second year of their courses)
  • employment outcomes of leavers

To view the statistics Click Here

Student Destination Statistics Paper
August 25, 2016
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Destination measures provide clear and comparable information on the success of schools and colleges in helping their students take courses that offer them the best opportunity to continue in education or training or successfully enter employment. These measures are increasingly being seen as a key tool in assessing how well schools and colleges prepare their students to make a successful transition into the next stage of education or training, or employment.

The Department for Education has published what is described as a Statistical Working Paper: which aims to provide Improvements to data on destinations of key stage 5 students, England, 2013/14. The new data comes from the Longitudinal Education Outcomes datasets, which links information in individuals’ education with employment and earning information from different government departments.

To access the full paper Click Here

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