To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many vocational course places were available for 16 to 19 year olds in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
The following table shows numbers in full-time education, WBL and other forms of education and training by highest qualification aim over the last five years. It is not possible to split student numbers clearly between vocational and other routes, particularly as substantial numbers of young people will follow a mixed programme involving both vocational and general subjects.
|End of calendar year||2001||2002||2003||2004||2005|
|Males and females|
|Higher Education (Level 4 and above)||128,800||131,800||133,700||134,700||142,300|
|VCE A/AS level or Advanced GNVQ||119,300||112,600||116,200||104,100||63,200|
|GCE A/AS level||472,100||486,000||481,900||494, 700||533,200|
|NVQ 3 equivalents||91,900||102,800||117,500||136,700||167,900|
|NVQ 2 equivalents||42,300||47,700||56,900||69,400||79,800|
|NVQ 1 equivalents||15,700||20,900||26,400||31,800||40,500|
|Work Based Learning (WBL)||156,600||151,400||156,700||156,100||149,700|
|WBL in full-time education||3,200||3,300||3,400||3,400||3,500|
|WBL in part-time education||5,300||5,200||5,000||4,800||4,800|
|Employer Funded Training (EFT)||94,900||99,800||105,600||101,900||95,600|
|Other Education and Training (OET)( 3)||107,000||103,100||102,500||98,300||96,300|
|Total Education and WBL( 4)||1,290,200||1,312,100||1,341,000||1,378,400||1,418,800|
|Total Education and training( 5)||1,382,700||1,410,700||1,447,500||1,480,500||1,515,000|
|Not in any education or training(6)||465,800||482,200||488,900||488,600||474,000|
|Population ( T housand)||1,848,500||1,892,900||1,936,400||1,969,000||1,989,000|
|(1 )Provisional. |
(2. )Includes all courses below level 1 and those of unknown or unspecified level (also includes PRUs; and special schools, for which no qualification breakdown is available).
(4) Total of all full-time and part-time education and WBL (less WBL in full-time education), equivalent to local level estimates for education and training.
(5 )Total of all full-time education and WBL (less WBL in full-time education) plus EFT and OET.
(6 )The remainder of the age group.