Apprenticeship Statistics: Our Response

12 July 2018

In response to today’s apprenticeships statistics, Stephen Evans, Chief Executive at Learning and Work Institute said:

“It is unsurprising that apprenticeship starts for 2018 are substantially lower than a year ago, given the spike in figures in April 2017. It is of greater concern that starts are down 39% when compared with the same period in 2016. I am particularly concerned that there are 50,000 fewer apprenticeships for 16-24 year olds in the year so far compared to last year. This means a smaller proportion of this age group are doing apprenticeships, and we already compared poorly to other countries.

Our new Youth Commission, launched this week, will look at how to tackle this and improve education and employment opportunities. The Apprenticeship Levy and other reforms are built on the right principles. But we need changes, including looking at funding for apprentices for younger people, the introduction of an Apprentice Premium to widen access and tougher underpinning of quality. The Government should publish more regular data on outcomes including apprentice’s long-term pay and job prospects. This should have at least as much attention as starts numbers.”