Apprenticeship starts for the month of July 2019 are up just 2 per cent on the previous year and 5 per cent higher for the full year.
The figures published this morning show 25,700 starts in July compared to 25,200 the previous year.
Provisional starts for the full 2018/19 year are 21 per cent down on 2016/17, nine months of which was prior to the levy being introduced.
The Department for Education says: “There have been 389,200 apprenticeship starts reported to date in the 2018/19 academic year (August 2018 to July 2019). This compares to 369,700 reported in the equivalent period in 2017/18, 491,300 in 2016/17 and 503,700 in 2015/16.
“Of the 389,200 apprenticeship starts reported so far in 2018/19, 63.2 per cent (245,900) were on apprenticeship standards.”