Apprentices: Per Capita Costs

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of Annette Brooke Annette Brooke Shadow Spokesperson (Children, Schools and Families), Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much was spent per adult student participating in (a) apprenticeships and (b) advanced apprenticeships in the latest year 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)

This Department allocates funding to the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) for the provision of adult (aged 19 and over) apprenticeships in England. Planned spend on adult apprenticeships for 2008-09 to 2010-11 financial years is given in the following table.

Financial year Adult (aged 19 and over) apprenticeships
2008-09 332,911
2009-10 389,914
2010-11 398,410

BIS Skills Investment Strategy 2010-11, November 2009

The public cost of delivering an apprenticeship varies significantly depending on the industry in which the apprenticeship framework is being delivered; whether the framework is at Level 2 or 3; and whether the participant is in the 16 to 18, 19 to 25 or 25+ age group. For example, the LSC estimate that it costs £2,749 to deliver a Level 2 adult apprenticeship framework in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools and £4,083 to deliver the Level 3 equivalent framework. Between industries the difference in estimated costs can be more marked. LSC estimate that the cost of delivering a Level 3 adult apprenticeship in clock and watch repair is £13,409 but the cost of an adult apprenticeship at the same level in Business and Administration is £3,327.

It is not therefore possible to provide a meaningful average cost to the public purse of an adult apprenticeship at Level 2 or 3.

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