Apprenticeship starts

Recent changes in the number of North East apprenticeship starts by level, age group and subject

The January 2021 release of apprenticeship statistics from the Department for Education provides provisional in-year figures for the first quarter of the 2020/21 academic year (August to October 2020). Totals are compared with totals in the first quarters of previous academic years. A separate release gave statistics for full academic years up to and including 2019/20.

In the first quarter of the 2020/21 academic year:

  • There were 3,540 apprenticeship starts in the North East LEP area, 34 per cent below the total in quarter 1 (Q1) of 2019/20
  • intermediate apprenticeship starts were at only half the level of a year earlier while advanced starts had fallen by 35 per cent
  • the number of higher apprenticeship starts had only slightly decreased and was 30 per cent of the total, up from 20 per cent in Q1 of 2019/20
  • male and female apprenticeship starts were, respectively, 39 and 27 per cent lower than a year earlier
  • starts in the under 19 age group were only half the level they were in Q1 of 2019/20
  • among those aged 19 to 24 and the 25 plus age group the totals were, respectively, 33 and 17 per cent lower than a year earlier
  • apprenticeship starts in engineering and manufacturing technologies were 50 per cent below their 2019/20 Q1 levels
  • starts in information and communication technology and in retail and commercial enterprise were also much lower than a year earlier
  • starts in health, public services and care had only decreased by 11 per cent.

The 2019/20 academic year included five months (March to July) where restrictions due to COVID-19 were in place. During the year:

  • There were about 13,000 apprenticeship starts, which was 23 per cent below the 2018/19 total
  • intermediate and advanced apprenticeship starts were, respectively, 38 and 20 per cent below 2018/19 levels
  • the number of higher apprenticeship starts was 4 per cent higher than in the previous year
  • male and female apprenticeship starts were, respectively, 19 and 26 per cent lower than in 2018/19
  • starts in the three broad age groups had decreased by similar percentages compared to the previous year
  • retail and commercial enterprise saw the largest percentage year on year decrease in starts (down 42 per cent).

Apprenticeship starts, quarterly by level, North East LEP area

Last updated:
01/03/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Apprenticeships and traineeships quarterly statistics  [DfE, last updated January 2021]

Data information: Based on North East LEP area.  The quarters relate to academic years where Q1 is August to October.


Apprenticeship starts, quarterly by sex and age, North East LEP area

Last updated:
01/03/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Apprenticeships and traineeships quarterly statistics  [DfE, last updated January 2021]

Data information: Based on North East LEP area.  The quarters relate to academic years where Q1 is August to October.


Apprenticeship starts, quarterly by subject, North East LEP area

Last updated:
01/03/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Apprenticeships and traineeships quarterly statistics  [DfE, last updated January 2021]

Data information: Based on North East LEP area.  The quarters relate to academic years where Q1 is August to October.


Apprenticeship starts, annual by level, North East LEP area

Last updated:
01/03/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Apprenticeships and traineeships annual statistics  [DfE, last updated December 2020]

Data information: Based on North East LEP area.


Apprenticeship starts, annual by sex and age, North East LEP area

Last updated:
01/03/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Apprenticeships and traineeships annual statistics  [DfE, last updated December 2020]

Data information: Based on North East LEP area.


Apprenticeship starts, annual by subject, North East LEP area

Last updated:
01/03/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Apprenticeships and traineeships annual statistics  [DfE, last updated December 2020]

Data information: Based on North East LEP area.