Apprenticeship starts for the whole of 2020/21 grew marginally on the previous year, new figures show.
Provisional data published this morning by the Department for Education has revealed there were a total of 319,400 starts last year compared to 319,000 at the same point for 2019/20 – an increase of 0.1 per cent.
Starts for 2020/21 were, however, still 18 per cent on the 389,000 recorded in 2018/19 – the year before Covid-19 struck.
FE Week analysis shows apprenticeship starts for young people and the lower levels continue to fall while those for adults and the higher levels shoot up.
Starts for 16- to 18-year-olds (64,400) and level 2 (83,700) both dropped by 15 per cent on the previous year. Meanwhile starts for people aged 25 or above (160,900) and level 4 or above (98,100) increased by 8 per cent and 21 per cent respectively.
Final data will not be available until later this year.