Armed Forces: Apprentices

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 23rd May 2016.

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Photo of Nicholas Dakin Nicholas Dakin Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many apprentices there are (a) at each level and (b) by age of apprentice in each of the armed forces.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Ministry of Defence is able to provide the following information on completion rates for Level 2 and Level 3 Apprenticeships in the Army as at 1 May 2016. For information on completion rates for apprenticeships in the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, I will write to the hon. Member shortly.

Table 1: Number of current apprenticeships in the Army by level and age group.

The total current occupancy was 15,017 soldiers on apprenticeships as at 1 May 2016. The break down by level of apprenticeship and age group is as follows -

Apprenticeship Level

Age Groups

Totals by Apprenticeship level

16-18

19-23

24+

Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship

1,986

4,431

2,380

8,797

Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship

956

2,462

1,934

5,352

No NVQ

699

86

83

868

Totals

3,641

6,979

4,397

1) A number of soldiers are enrolled onto an apprenticeship but have not yet been assigned a main specialism (shown in the No NVQ row):

2)All Junior Soldiers at Army Foundation College (AFC) Harrogate are enrolled onto an apprenticeship without a main specialism. This enables them to undertake Functional Skills as part of their apprenticeship and, when they leave AFC Harrogate and enter their specific trade training, they will be enrolled onto the specific trade-related apprenticeship.

3)Some soldiers in the 19-23 and 24+ also show as having No NVQ. These soldiers come from Corps that commence their apprenticeships at the start of Phase 2 training but undertake some generic training but are not streamed into a specific trade area until later in training. These soldiers are also enrolled without a main aim until their specialisation is confirmed.

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