To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) non-advanced apprenticeship places and (b) advanced apprenticeship places there were within each (i) local authority and (ii) county council administration at the latest date for which information is available.
Apprenticeships are demand-led and employer responsive; therefore the number of apprenticeship places available is determined by the number of places employers are able to offer and subject to learner demand. That is why, in terms of monitoring performance, we focus on the number of people who actually start on an apprenticeship programme.
"World-class Apprenticeships" confirmed our commitment to stimulate a greater supply of apprenticeship places with employers. This is a key element of the remit of the new National Apprenticeship Service and its National Vacancy Matching Service which will help employers advertise apprenticeships vacancies and enable prospective apprentices to apply for them online.
The latest fully audited data that we have is for the 2006/07 academic year is contained in tables, copies of which have been placed in the Libraries. Table 1 shows apprenticeship starts in 2006/07 by level of apprenticeship and local education authority. Table 2 shows apprenticeship starts in 2006/07 by county council type, for each different county council administration.