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Includes data by region of domicile, programme type, age group, sector, gender and academic year for August to October 2019.

2019/20 Quarter 1 (August to October 2019) data is provisional. Data for earlier quarters are final.

Main points

There were 8,580 apprenticeship learning programmes started in 2019/20 Q1 compared to 9,015 in 2018/19 Q1, a decrease of 5%. The number of apprenticeship starts regularly fluctuates from one period to the next.

In 2019/20 Q1, Healthcare and Public Services was the most popular broad sector. 27% of all apprenticeship learning programmes started, compared to 28% in Q1 the previous year. 

In 2019/20 Q1, around 50% of all apprenticeship learning programmes started were by female learners, similar to Q1 in the previous year.

The Welsh Government has a target for 100,000 apprenticeships over the course of this Assembly (2016 to 2021). This is assessed using a more rigorous measure which takes account of early drop outs (within first 8 weeks) and transfers between apprenticeship records. Under this measure, 7,935 apprenticeship learning programmes were started in 2019/20 Q1 and 87,525 since the target was introduced.


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