Apprenticeships Statistics – August 2023 to January 2024

22 March, 2024

The Department for Education (DFE) have published statistics covering apprenticeships for August 2023 to January 2024.

These statistics cover learners aged 16 and over and cover the apprenticeship service and the find an apprenticeship service.

Some figures for August 2023 to January 2024 include:

  • Apprenticeship starts were up by 2.5% to 200,550 compared to 195,600 reported for the same period in the previous year.
  • Proportion of starts supported by ASA (Apprenticeship Service Account) levy funds was 62.9% (126,160).
  • Under 19s accounted for 28.9% of starts (58,000).
  • Learner participation decreased by 2.4% to 621,750 compared to 636,960 last year.
  • Since May 2015 there have been 3,419,540 apprenticeship starts. Since May 2010 this total stands at 5,797,080.
  • Apprenticeship achievements increased by 18.5% to 73,530 compared to 62,030 in last year. Please note: COVID-19 restrictions and assessment flexibilities affected the timing of achievements, therefore care must be taken when comparing achievements between years as some achievements expected in a given academic year may have been delayed to the subsequent year.

The proportion of starts by level was:

  • Advanced Apprenticeships: 43.3% of starts (86,930)
  • Higher Apprenticeships: 35.3% of starts (70,780)

Higher apprenticeships continue to grow in 2023/24. Higher apprenticeship starts increased by 9.1% to 70,780 compared to 64,890 in the same period last year.

Starts at Level 6 and 7 increased by 5.8% to 32,500 in 2023/24. This represents 16.2% of all starts for 2023/24. There were 30,710 Level 6 and 7 starts last year (15.7% of starts in the same period).

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