• Statistics watchdog ‘content’ with DfE including unreliable data in achievement rate tables

    The country’s national statistics regulator has given the DfE achievement rate data a clean bill of health but called for greater transparency. FE Week reported last month the 2017/18 national achievement rate tables included a list of more than 30 apprenticeship providers with data the DfE had admitted was unreliable. The DfE said at the

    12.41 May. 24th, 2019 | News

  • Management apprenticeships continue to soar as Milton 'thrilled' with rise in starts

    Management standards are continuing their reign as the most popular apprenticeships, according to the first statistics for 2018/19 published by the Department for Education this week. The team leader/supervisor had the most starts of any standard in the first quarter of the year, while three other management standards were among the 20 most popular. They

    12.30 Jan. 25th, 2019 | News

  • AoC fears college apprenticeships market share will shrink further

    The Association of Colleges has warned that colleges’ share of the apprenticeship market will continue to shrink, after FE Week analysis revealed they have been hit hardest by the move to levy funding. New statistics from the Department for Education, which included the number of starts per provider for the first time, show that colleges’

    12.00 Dec. 14th, 2018 | News

  • DfE figures reveal colleges hit hardest by move to apprenticeship levy funding

    Colleges were hit hardest by the move to apprenticeship levy funding, FE Week analysis of new figures published by the Department for Education have revealed. The statistics, which included the number of starts per provider for the first time, showed that colleges’ share of the market dropped from 31  to 26 per cent from 2016/17 to

    16.21 Dec. 11th, 2018 | News

  • DfE pauses publication of monthly apprenticeship starts

    The Department for Education has yet to reveal how many people have started apprenticeships in 2018/19 – even though it had been publishing monthly updates until now. Provisional figures for the final month of 2017/18 were published in October, and numbers for August – the first month of 2018/19 – were expected alongside today’s final

    14.42 Dec. 6th, 2018 | News

  • Apprenticeships starts down nearly a quarter last year

    Apprenticeship numbers fell by almost a quarter last year compared to the year before, according to final figures published by the Department for Education this morning.  There were 375,800 apprenticeship starts in 2017/18, a drop of 118,600 – or 24 per cent – on 2016/17’s total of 494,400, and a decrease of 26 per cent

    9.39 Dec. 6th, 2018 | News

  • Monthly apprenticeships update: June starts down 40 per cent on 2016

    Apprenticeship starts for June are down 40 per cent on the same month in 2016 – but up 57 per cent on last year. There have been 22,300 starts recorded so far in June 2018, compared with 37,000 in June 2016 according to the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s monthly apprenticeship statistics update, published this morning.

    9.32 Sep. 13th, 2018 | News

  • DfE in firing line with former skills minister for ‘misrepresentation’ and 'discourtesy'

    Chair of the education select committee Robert Halfon has accused the Department for Education of misrepresentation and discourtesy. Yesterday afternoon the DfE published a blog, aimed at journalists, that claimed the former skills minister gave inaccurate apprenticeship figures in an interview with the BBC Today programme that morning. Mr Halfon says this clearly misrepresented what

    17.50 Aug. 23rd, 2018 | News

  • Government no longer backing its own 3m apprenticeship manifesto commitment

    The Department for Education has, for the first time, refused to commit to its 3m apprenticeship starts target, after a spokesperson for the prime minister dodged the question this morning. The target has been included in the past two Conservative party election manifestos, but with starts falling it’s slipping ever further out of reach. At

    14.21 Aug. 20th, 2018 | News

  • Monthly apprenticeship update: 3m starts target slips further away with just 22,300 starts in May

    Apprenticeship starts for May are down 40 per cent compared with the same period in 2016 – but up 9,400 on last year. There have been 22,300 starts recorded so far in May 2018, compared with around 36,700 in May 2016 according to the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s monthly apprenticeship statistics update, published this morning.

    9.41 Aug. 16th, 2018 | News

  • Public sector apprenticeships on the rise, new figures suggest

    New figures published today suggest that public sector apprenticeships are on the rise, after the government introduced a recruitment target of 2.3 per cent. According to the latest provisional monthly Education and Skills Funding Agency apprenticeship statistics, 43,400 out of a total of 338,400 starts between May 2017 and April 2018 – or 13 per

    12.39 Jul. 12th, 2018 | News