Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 11th January 2010.

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Photo of Stephen Williams Stephen Williams Shadow Secretary of State (Innovation, Universities and Skills)

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprentices there were in the (a) construction, (b) administration and human resources, (c) agricultural and land based services, (d) broadcast film and media, (e) chemical, oil and nuclear energy, (f) customer service and retail, (g) energy and utilities, (h) electrical and engineering, (i) financial services, (j) food and drink, (k) hair and beauty, (l) logistics, (m) hospitality and travel, (n) marine, (o) property, (p) public services, (q) sports and fitness and (r) chemical, oil and nuclear sector in each region in the latest period for which figures are available.

Photo of Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (also Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Further Education, Skills, Apprenticeships and Consumer Affairs) (also Department for Children, Schools and Families)

Information is not available to identify the total number of apprentices by sector as listed above.

Table 1 as follows shows apprenticeship starts for 2007/08 and 2008/09 (based on provisional data) by sector subject area.

Table 1: Apprenticeship starts by sector subject area
Sector subject area 2007/08 2008/09( 1)
Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care 4,500 5,100
Arts, Media and Publishing 100 200
Business, Administration and Law 50,700 62,700
Construction, Planning and the Built Environment 27,800 27,900
Education and Training 300 1,200
Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies 43,100 36,000
Health, Public Services and Care 31,100 34,200
Information and Communication Technology 8,000 8,700
Languages, Literature and Culture (2)- (2)-
Leisure, Travel and Tourism 6,300 11,100
Preparation for Life and Work (2)- (2)-
Retail and Commercial Enterprise 49,300 46,800
Science and Mathematics (2)- (2)-
Unknown 3,500 (2)-
Grand Total 224,800 234,000
(1 )Provisional.

(2) Indicates a base value of less than fifty.


1. The following data sources have been used; Work-based learning (WBL)-2007/08 and earlier years (W13 final), 2008/09 (E12 07/08/09).

2. Volumes are rounded to the nearest hundred.

3. Unlike participation figures, figures are comparable between 2008/09 and earlier years as demand led funding does not affect starts.

4. Apprenticeship starts for 2008/09 are provisional. Starts will rise by approximately 2-3 per cent.. This revised information will be shown in the December 2009 SFR, and the accompanying supplementary tables.

5. Full-year numbers are a count of the number of starts at any point during the year. Learners starting more than one framework will appear more than once.

6. Higher level apprenticeships are included with advanced apprenticeships. Programme-led apprenticeships recorded in WBL ILR returns are included in the above figures.

More detailed data are also available by apprenticeship sector framework code and by region. This was published in supplementary tables S6.1 and S6.2 of the Statistical First Release published in October. This information can be found here:

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