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Includes data by region of domicile, programme type, age group, sector, gender and academic year for November 2018 to January 2019.

2018/19 Q2 data is provisional. Data for earlier quarters are final. Provisional figures will be produced on a quarterly basis with final data published in February.

Main points

  • There were 5,450 apprenticeship learning programmes started in 2018/19 (p) Q2 compared to 6,715 in 2017/18 Q2, a decrease of 19%. The number of apprenticeship starts regularly fluctuates from one period to the next.
  • In 2018/19 (p) Q2, Healthcare and Public Services was the most popular broad sector consisting of 39% of all apprenticeship learning programmes started, compared to 41% in Q2 the previous year.  
  • In 2018/19 (p) Q2, around 62% of all apprenticeship learning programmes started were by female learners. A similar proportion was seen in Q2 in the previous year.
  • The Welsh Government has a target for 100,000 apprenticeships over the course of this Assembly (2016-2021). 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, 4,895 apprenticeship learning programmes were started in 2018/19 (p) Q2 and 69,645 since the target was introduced.

(p) Provisional


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