§ Lord Jones
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What is their estimate of the numbers who completed a modern apprenticeship in each of the past five years in England and Northern Ireland. [HL3467]
§ The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills (Baroness Ashton of Upholland)
Statistics on modern apprenticeships are collected and published in different ways in England and Northern Ireland and comparisons are difficult.
In England, figures are not yet available for those completing a modern apprenticeship framework. These figures are due to be published for the first time on 24 July 2003. However, figures are available on the percentage of those leaving modern apprenticeships who gained a qualification. The latest full year for which advanced modern apprenticeship qualification information is available is August 1999 to July 2000. Foundation modern apprenticeship information is only available for August 1999 to July 2000.
Percentage of leavers from Advanced Modern Apprenticeships who: Gained any full/part qualification Gained any full qualification Aug 1995-Jul 1996 46 37 Aug 1996-Jul 1997 52 43 Aug 1997-Jul 1998 58 50 Aug 1998-Jul 1999 67 60 Aug 1999-Jul 2000 75 69
Percentage of leavers from Foundation Modern Apprenticeships who: Gained any full/part qualification Gained any full qualification Aug 1999-Jul 2000 51 44
In Northern Ireland, a total of 2,800 young people have successfully completed a modern apprenticeship since the programme was introduced in 1996.