Government figures show 16 to 18 apprenticeships down nearly 15,000 in a year

Figures published this morning show a 12 per cent (14,600) fall in 16-18 apprenticeship starts, and a one per cent (7,400) fall across all ages.

The first set of figures below compare the full year provisional 2012/13 apprenticeship starts with the same report from the previous year.

The second set of figures compare the full year provisional 2012/13 apprenticeship starts with the final year figures for 2011/12.