Individual Learning Accounts

Education and Skills written question – answered on 6th November 2001.

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Photo of Andrew Turner Andrew Turner Conservative, Isle of Wight

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information is collected on the (a) age, (b) gender, (c) employment record, (d) academic/ vocational attainment, (e) social class and (f) location of users of individual learning accounts.

Photo of John Healey John Healey Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education and Skills)

Characteristic information on age, gender, employment, academic attainment and location of the 1,246,449 individual learning account members who had activated their accounts in England, since the launch of the national framework on 4 September 2000, is given in the following tables. Although social class information is not routinely collected, the Department commissioned an evaluation earlier in the year and arranged for a question to be included in this. The report determined that the most frequently represented social class among ILA account holders was C1, which includes non-managerial and non-professional administrative and sales staff as well as nurses and technicians.

Table 1: Analysis of active individual account members—England
By gender Number
Male 531,799
Female 710,707
Not supplied 3,943
Total 1,246,499
Table 2: Analysis of active individual account members—England
By age group Number
19–30 382,181
31–40 365,328
41–50 253,120
51–60 157,243
60+ 88,577
Total 1,246,449
Table 3: Analysis of active individual account members—England
By employment status Active ILA Members
Self-employed 98,560
Employed 765,167
Employed and self-employed 3,662
Not employed 91,130
Retired 49,749
Unemployed 144,565
Student 30,452
Other 34,814
Data not supplied 28,350
Total 1,246,449
Table 4. Active ILA members by academic attainment at point of entry to ILAs
Highest qualification Number
Degree/NVQ4 or equivalent 181,491
A-level/NVQ3 or equivalent 162,381
GCSE/NVQ2 or equivalent 271,455
NVQ1 58,699
Other 4,498
Data not supplied 567,925
Total 1,246,449
Table 5. Location of individual learning account users
Region Number
East 102,813
East Midlands 103,332
London 215,445
North East 45,027
North West 128,580
South East 175,946
South West 118,741
West Midlands 222,487
Yorkshire, Humberside 94,389
Region unassigned 39,689
Total 1,246,449

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