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Includes data by region of domicile, programme type, age group, sector, gender and academic year for May to July 2022.

These quarterly statistics, published on StatsWales with complementary dashboards present information on the number of apprenticeship learning programmes started. It includes data by region of domicile, programme type, age group, sector, gender, ethnicity, disability and academic year.

This update includes new figures for May to July 2022 (Q4). They are calculated using a freeze of the Lifelong Learning Wales Record (LLWR). With the publication of Q4 figures, all figures for 2021/22 academic year are now final.

New work-based learning contract arrangements came into effect on 1 August 2021. This resulted in the transfer of around 4,800 existing apprentices to new providers with new programme records created on the Lifelong Learning Wales Record. New programme records resulting from a transfer are usually included in the statistics on apprenticeship starts, with the exception of the target measure. For 2021/22 Q1, however, we excluded the records as so many learners were transferred that the statistics would have presented a misleading picture of apprenticeship starts in that quarter had they been left in.

From March 2020 onwards, education provision was significantly disrupted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The figures presented in this dashboard are likely to have been impacted. This should be kept in mind, particularly when comparing with previous years.

Main points from the latest data

  • There were 3,840 apprenticeship learning programmes started in 2021/22 Q4, compared with 5,110 starts in 2020/21 Q4.
  • In 2021/22 Q4, there were decreases in Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4+ apprenticeship starts, compared with 2020/21 Q4.
  • Foundation Apprenticeship (Level 2) programmes observed a 35% decrease on the previous year. 1,595 learning programmes were started compared with 2,435 in 2020/21 Q4.
  • Apprenticeships (Level 3) saw a 13% decrease with 1,500 programmes starting in 2021/22 Q4 compared with 1,730 in 2020/21 Q4.
  • Higher Apprenticeships (Level 4+) saw a decrease of 21% compared with 2020/21 Q4, 750 programmes starting compared with 945 the previous year.
  • In 2021/22 Q4, Healthcare and Public Services was the most popular broad sector, although this showed a 12% decrease compared with 2020/21 Q4. There were 2,160 programmes started in 2021/22 Q4 compared with 2,450 in the same quarter of the previous year. 56% of all apprenticeship learning programmes started were in Healthcare and Public Services, compared with 48% in 2020/21 Q4.
  • In 2021/22 Q4, around 68% of all apprenticeship learning programmes started were by female learners, compared with 64% in Q4 in the previous year.
  • Having met the target for the previous Senedd term, the Welsh Government now has a new target to create 125,000 all-age apprenticeships over the course of the 2021-2026 Senedd term. This is assessed using a more rigorous measure, which takes account of early dropouts (within first 8 weeks) and transfers between apprenticeship records. In 2021/22 Q4, there were 3,385 of these apprenticeship starts. In total there have been 22,085 of this type of apprenticeship starts since the start of the target in May 2021.


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Ian Shipley

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