The DfE announced in January 2018 that there were around 25,400 apprenticeships starts, compared to 36,700 apprenticeship starts in January the previous year. These figures are presented for transparency purposes, finalised figures for all months will be available in November 2018.
As of May 2017 there were significant structural changes to the apprenticeship funding system (including the introduction of the apprenticeship levy and Apprenticeship Service). Apprenticeship figures from August 2017 onwards remain provisional, and the DfE say that they are subject to change.
There have been 206,100 starts recorded to date for 2017/18, which represents a 24% drop on the same period last year. The number of those at 44% were level 2, which was 9% points lower than 2016/17 final share of 53%.
Mark Dawe, at the Association of the Employment and Learning Providers, says “Given many levy-payers across the country are concentrating on higher level starts, it’s no wonder that we’ve seen a massive collapse in level two starts…”
In response to the latest statistics, the DfE has said its reforms will be about increasing the number of quality apprenticeships, in order for people of all ages and backgrounds to take the opportunities apprenticeships bring.
For more information on the Apprenticeship and levy statistics, please visit here.