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Apprenticeship and levy statistics: June 2018

Statistics covering latest monthly apprenticeship starts, apprenticeship service registrations and commitments, and apprenticeship levy information have been released by the DfE.

This new figures reveal that the number of apprenticeship starts are still down compared with last year.  However there have been 261,200 apprenticeship starts reported to date between August 2017 and March 2018 for the 2017/18 academic year. This compares to 362,400 and 346,300 starts reported in the equivalent period in 2016/17 and 2015/16 respectively.

Apprenticeships and Skills minister Anne Milton has said: “We had anticipated this drop in the number of people starting apprenticeships. March 2017 was the high point in the use of the old-style apprenticeships that were in many cases not fit for purpose. What matters is the move to the new-style apprenticeship standards.

“The number of people taking up these new, higher-quality apprenticeships has increased rapidly beyond our expectations. Apprenticeships must now be high quality – and we won’t sacrifice that principle to increase quantity.”

Giving evidence to the education select committee in May, Education Secretary Damian Hinds also said the levy was going through a “period of change” and employers were taking time to adjust.

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