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House of Lords written question – answered on 6th June 2011.

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Photo of Lord Kennedy of Southwark Lord Kennedy of Southwark Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many employers in Greater London have offered apprenticeships in each year since 1992 until the last year figures are available.

Photo of Baroness Wilcox Baroness Wilcox The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Data from the published 2009 National Employer Skills Survey1 (NESS) show that in London Government Office Region, 5 per cent of employers2 offer apprenticeships. Based on weighted information using the NESS database3, it is estimated that this would approximate to between 11,000 and 12,000 establishments currently offering apprenticeships within the London region.

The NESS report suggests that this at least in part reflects the fact that London has a lower share of industries that traditionally employ apprenticeships.

1 Figure 8.7, P. 215 in Library/NESS09/FINAL%20NESS%20Main%20report%20 for%20the%20web.pdf accessed on 13 May 2011.

2 Employers in this survey are based at the establishment level and not at the enterprise level

3 Figures are based on weighted information using the NESS 2009 database on the 24 May

Table 1 below shows apprenticeship programme starts for London Government Office Region and England from 2003-04, the earliest year for which we have comparable data to 2009-10, the latest year for which we have final data.

Table 1: Apprenticeship Programme Starts by Government Office Region, 2003-04 to 2009-10
2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-103
London 11,900 12,400 11.000 11.100 14,500 17,200 20,300
England Total 193,600 189,000 175,000 184,400 224,800 239,900 279,700

Source: Individualised Learner Record


1. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred.

2. Geographic information is based on the home postcode of the learner.

3. Figures for 2009-10 are based on the geographic boundaries of regions as of May 2010. Figures for 2003-04 to 2008-09 based on earlier geographic boundaries are available in the SFR Archive, but these cannot be directly compared with new figures due to boundary changes.

Information on apprenticeship starts is published in a quarterly statistical first release (SFR). The latest SFR was published on 31st March 2011

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