There have been over 1.1 million apprenticeship starts since May 2015 and we aim to reach 3 million apprenticeship starts in England by 2020. The apprenticeship levy is an essential step in our drive to boost productivity and encourage sustained employer investment in more high quality apprenticeships.
We are pleased to see a greater investment in higher quality, employer designed apprenticeship standards. 24,600 starts on standards took place in 2016/17, a significant increase from 4,300 the year before.
Our reforms are the largest changes to apprenticeships that government has ever made. It is expected that employers, and the apprenticeship market, take time to maximise the opportunities that apprenticeships represent.