28 February 2019 DfE published their Apprenticeships and levy statistics: February 2019.
- There has been 192,100 apprenticeship starts on the frameworks and new standards reported to date between August 2018 and December 2018 for the 2018/19 academic year, a 9.7 per cent increase compared to the equivalent period in 2017/18 (175,100).
- At 31 January 2019, there have been a total of 16,400 accounts registered on the apprenticeship service.
- We have seen 122,700 commitments recorded in the apprenticeship service for the 2018/19 academic year, compared to 98,000 recorded at the equivalent point last year for 2017/18. [A commitment is where a potential apprentice, who is expected to go on to start an apprenticeship, has been recorded on the Apprenticeship Service].
Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton said:
“I’m thrilled to see the number of people starting apprenticeships has gone up by 9.7% on this time last year. This is good news and really highlights how employers up and down the country are realising the huge benefits apprenticeships are bringing to their business
“Apprenticeships offer people of all ages and backgrounds a high quality route to skilled employment with the option to train at every level. You get paid while you train and can start a great career in a huge range of professions like accountancy, nursing, teaching and law.
“I want as many people as possible to know about the amazing apprenticeship opportunities out there. Our new campaign ‘Fire it Up’ is playing a vital role in this, helping to challenge outdated perceptions and raising awareness of the huge variety of options available”.
‘The funding issues have now made the availability of intermediate level apprenticeships for young people in SMEs across the country the biggest problem we face. The answer is to make level 2 apprenticeships fully state funded whether the money comes from the levy or not.’
The AELP highlighted Intermediate level starts are at 5,800, down 23% from 2017 and 56% from 2016. So less than half pre-Apprenticeship Levy.