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Information on enrolled learners and their activities by age, gender, mode of study, type of programme and level of study for August 2019 to July 2020.

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

Main points

  • There were 148,860 learners at further education institutions (FEIs), adult learning or work-based learning (WBL) providers during 2019/20.
  • There were 112,105 unique learners at FEIs, a decrease of around 8% on the previous year.
  • This decrease was largely driven by part-time learners at FEIs (down 15%) and, to a lesser extent, learners undertaking WBL at FEIs (down 10%).
  • The number of full-time learners at FEIs increased by 1%.
  • There were 8,200 unique learners in adult learning.
  • Total work-based learner numbers decreased by 15% on the previous year.
  • There were around 14% fewer apprenticeship learning programmes started.


This report summarises data on learners in post-16 education and training, excluding those at higher education institutions and schools but including further education institutions, other work-based learning providers and adult learning provision collected via the Welsh Government’s Lifelong Learning Wales Record (LLWR).


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