Department for Education written question – answered on 24th January 2020.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Secretary of State for Employment Rights

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to increase the (a) quantity and (b) quality of apprenticeships in (i) the City of York local authority, (ii) Yorkshire and the Humber and (iii) the UK.

Photo of Michelle Donelan Michelle Donelan Government Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

We are working hard to encourage the take up of apprenticeships across England. This month we launched the third phase of the ‘Fire it Up’ marketing campaign, focusing on widening participation in apprenticeships. Our 13th annual National Apprenticeship Week will take place from 3 to 7 February 2019. Focusing on diversity as well as quality, the week aims to support our aim to widen participation in apprenticeships.

In terms of quality, we are working to make apprenticeships across England longer and better, with more off-the-job training and an independent assessment at the end that is quality assured by an external body. From August 2020, all apprenticeship starts will be on new apprenticeship standards designed and driven by industry, creating high-quality apprenticeship opportunities for individuals and providing employers with the skills they need.

Since May 2010, 4,266,200 apprentices have started training in England. Of these, 13,590 apprenticeships were based in York, and 230,780 in Yorkshire and the Humber. Apprenticeship starts in England in 2018/19 increased by 4.7% compared to the previous year. Over the same period, starts increased by 17.5% in York and by 6% in Yorkshire and Humber.

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