Fact Service June 2011

Issue 26

Extra apprenticeships delivered in 2010-11

The government’s ambition to deliver 50,000 additional apprenticeships has been substantially exceeded, official statistics show. The statistics show over 103,000 additional adult apprenticeships started over the 2010-11 financial year.

In May 2010, the government announced an aspiration to deliver 50,000 additional adult apprenticeship places during this time.

Provisional data shows that there were a total of 257,000 adult apprenticeship starts delivered between April 2010 and March 2011.

Business secretary Vince Cable said: “The growth in apprenticeships to over double the planned ambition, including sectors such as IT, advanced manufacturing and engineering demonstrates our commitment to delivering the skills businesses need to grow and young people need to build productive careers.

“Our planned investment will deliver some 360,000 apprenticeships this year alone, and we’ll continue to work with the business community to make it easier for more employers of all sizes to take on an apprentice and reap the benefits they bring. With every £1 of government money delivering a return of some £40 to the wider economy, this is a sound investment in the country’s future.”