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Management information update on apprentices in Wales furloughed or made redundant during the coronavirus pandemic up to 26 March 2021.

This data is management information provided to the Welsh Government by apprenticeship providers, combined with records from the Lifelong Learning Wales Record (LLWR). It has not undergone the same level of quality assurance as official statistics.

Main points

  • 1,690  apprentices were fully furloughed on 26th March 2021.
  • The number of apprentices furloughed fell for the first time since November.  75 fewer apprentices were fully furloughed this month than in the previous month.  
  • The number of apprentices furloughed is just over a fifth of what it was at its peak.
  • Less than 1% of apprenticeships have been terminated due to redundancy during the pandemic.
  • Another 120 apprentices (less than 0.5%) had been made redundant but remain in learning whilst their provider tries to source an alternative employer.
  • Fewer apprenticeships have ended, successfully or unsuccessfully, compared to previous years.
  • Only 28% of apprentices have successfully completed their apprenticeship or gone into employment, compared to an average of 37% by this point in past years.

The inequalities are smaller than at the start of the pandemic, however some remain. The apprentices still most affected were:

  • young
  • working in hair and beauty; hospitality; or leisure, sport and travel
  • not studying higher apprenticeships
  • working for companies with less than 10 employees
  • not working in the public sector
  • living in South West Wales

Information on the overall number of people furloughed in Wales can be found in the report 'Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme statistics'.


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