HC Deb 01 May 1984 vol 59 c94W
Mr. Chris Smith

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what have been the total number of apprenticeship places agreed for each of the years from 1979 to date, broken down into the following categories (a) the total of all apprenticeships, (b) the total for manufacturing industry, (c) the total for each industrial classification group and (d) the most recent figures available for each of the above categories for 1984.

Mr. Peter Morrison

Complete figures are not available in the form requested, but the Manpower Services Commission estimates that the following traditional apprenticeship places were agreed in all industries:

1979–80 100,000
1980–81 90,000
1981–82 60,000
1982–83 45,000
1983–84 40,000

The number entering traditional apprenticeships will increasingly fail to reflect the extent of skill training being undertaken in industry, due to the reform of existing training arrangements, and public funding of first-year training under the youth training scheme.