Further education and skills: statistical first release

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Statistical First Release SFA/SFR27
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Statistical First Release
Further Education & Skills: Learner Participation, Outcomes
and Level of Highest Qualification Held
Publication date:
29th January 2015
Next Updated:
March 2015
Reference: SFA/SFR27
Coverage: England
Theme: Children,
Education and Skills
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2015
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This release presents information on adult (19+) government-funded1
further education (excluding schools and Higher Education) and all age
(16+) Apprenticeships in England, between 2009/10 and 2013/14. It also
includes provisional data for the first quarter of the 2014/15 academic year.
This release also presents key statistics on the highest level of qualification
held by adults in England from 2006 to 2013, calculated from Labour Force
Survey (LFS) data. 2013 figures are provisional and subject to revisions.
Key Points
 Provisional data show that for the first quarter of the 2014/15 academic
year 1,396,100 adult learners aged 19 and over participated in
government-funded further education.
 Provisional data show that 573,700 funded Apprentices participated on
an Apprenticeship in the first quarter of the 2014/15 academic year.
 Provisional data show that there were 147,500 Apprenticeship starts in
the first quarter of the 2014/15 academic year.
 Provisional data show there were 51,700 learners with a 24+ Advanced
Learning Loan in the first quarter of the 2014/15 academic year.
 Provisional data show there were 5,000 Traineeship starts in the first
quarter of the 2014/15 academic year.
 The overall 2013/14 Education and Training success rate for
government funded adult learners was 87.6 per cent. Whilst not directly
comparable with 2012/13 figures due to methodology changes, there
was an increase of 0.7 percentage points compared to 2012/13.
 The overall 2013/14 Apprenticeship success rate was 68.9 per cent, a
decrease of 3.4 percentage points compared to 2012/13. Decreases
were seen for Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeships but an
increase was seen for Higher Apprenticeships. Decreases were seen
across all age ranges, in particular for those aged 25+.
Covering the Skills Funding Agency and the Education Funding Agency.
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CONTENTS
STATISTICAL COMMENTARY
Glossary of Key Terms ................................................................................................... 3
FURTHER EDUCATION STATISTICS FOR ENGLAND, 2013/14 ................................ 5
Adult Attainment in the Population ....................................................................... 5
Success Rates ..................................................................................................... 5
Adult Learner (19+) Participation and Achievement............................................. 7
Apprenticeships ................................................................................................... 9
Adult (19+) English and Maths ........................................................................... 12
Community Learning .......................................................................................... 13
Employer Ownership Pilot.................................................................................. 13
24+ Advanced Learning Loans .......................................................................... 13
Traineeships ...................................................................................................... 14
PROVISIONAL FURTHER EDUCATION STATISTICS FOR ENGLAND, 2014/15..... 15
Adult Learner (19+) Participation ....................................................................... 15
Apprenticeships ................................................................................................. 15
Adult (19+) English and Maths ........................................................................... 16
Community Learning .......................................................................................... 16
24+ Advanced Learning Loans .......................................................................... 17
Traineeships ...................................................................................................... 17
National Statistics ......................................................................................................... 18
Changes included in this SFR ...................................................................................... 18
Changes in the next SFR ............................................................................................. 18
SUPPORTING DATA
Scope ........................................................................................................................... 19
Data Sources ................................................................................................................ 19
Issues with Using Provisional Data............................................................................... 20
Issues with Comparing Data Across Academic Years .................................................. 21
Data Definitions ............................................................................................................ 21
Publication Cycle Across the Year................................................................................ 21
Supplementary Tables.................................................................................................. 22
Related National Statistics Releases ............................................................................ 23
Other Related Statistics ................................................................................................ 23
Further Education Statistics for Other Countries in the UK ........................................... 24
Table Guide .................................................................................................................. 25
Table Footnotes............................................................................................................ 26
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GLOSSARY OF KEY TERMS
Further Education and Skills includes: learners who are studying a course in a FE
College, training provider or within their local community; and employees undertaking
an Apprenticeship or other qualification in the workplace. For more information, see
paragraphs 59 to 61.
Apprenticeships are paid jobs that incorporate on- and off-the-job training leading to
nationally recognised qualifications. As an employee, Apprentices earn as they learn
and gain practical skills in the workplace. An Apprenticeship framework typically
contains the following separately certified elements:
 A knowledge-based element (the theoretical knowledge underpinning a job in a
certain occupation and industry, typically certified via a Technical Certificate).
 A competence-based element (the ability to discharge the functions of a certain
occupation, typically certified via work-based assessed national vocational
qualifications – NVQs).
 Transferable skills (English and maths) – key skills / functional skills.
 A module on employment rights and responsibilities.
 Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS): independent enquiry, creative
thinking, reflective learning, team working, self-management, effective participation.
See http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/ for further information.
The government has introduced reforms to Apprenticeships, see:
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/future-of-apprenticeships-in-englandrichard-review-next-steps). As part of these reforms, in future all Apprenticeship
standards will be designed by employers. The Trailblazers, which began in October
2013, are the first groups of employers to design new standards for their sectors and
occupations. For a full list of the standards and assessment plans designed and
approved so far, see: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/apprenticeshipstandards
Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE 16 to 24) scheme provides
Apprenticeship grants with a value of £1,500 to employers with up to 1,000 employees
to encourage employers to take on new Apprentices aged 16 to 24. Eligible employers
must not have taken on an Apprentice in the previous 12 months. Subject to budget
availability and the employer’s commitment to support the Apprentice to the end of their
programme, any one employer can claim support for up to ten apprentices. AGE 16 to
24 has been extended to the 2015-16 financial year. See:
http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/employers/steps-to-make-it-happen/incentive.aspx
On the Access to Apprenticeships pathway, participants use elements of an
Apprenticeship framework to brush up skills and workplace experience, with the aim of
securing a paid Apprenticeship with an employer as quickly as possible, up to a
maximum of six months. Participants are not categorised or counted as an ‘Apprentice’
until they become employed. This pathway was announced in May 2011 and closed to
new starts end of December 2013.
Employer Ownership Pilot offers all employers in England direct access to up to £340
million of public investment over the period of the pilot (up to 2015/16) to design and
deliver their own training solutions.
See: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/employer-ownership-of-skills-pilot
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Education and Training covers further education learning delivered mainly in a
classroom, workshop, or through distance or e-learning. See: Data Dictionary Business Definitions - Learner Responsive Business Definition
Workplace Learning covers a broad range of training including basic skills, Level 2,
Level 3 and higher-level skills. Training is mainly delivered through the workplace (but
excludes Apprenticeships). Between 2008/09 and 2010/11 this included Train to Gain
programme, Employability Skills Pilot and other programmes such as Programmes for
the Unemployed. From 2011/12 it includes all training mainly delivered through the
workplace (excluding Apprenticeships).
English and Maths qualifications (previously Skills for Life) are designed to give
people the reading, writing, maths and communication skills they need in everyday life,
to operate effectively in work and to help them succeed on other training courses. See:
Skills Funding Agency - Providers - Our programmes - Basic Skills - Basic Skills
Offender Learning aims to ensure offenders have the skills that will enable them to
gain worthwhile, sustainable employment and in-so-doing reduce the likelihood of reoffending. The Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) funds a wide range of
learning aims for adults (aged 18 and over) in custody in prisons in England, including
awards and units, with a focus on addressing English and maths at the start of a
sentence and vocational skills in the run-up to release.
Community Learning funds a wide range of non-formal courses, ranging from
personal development through to older people’s learning, IT courses, employability
skills, family learning and activities to promote civic engagement and community
development. Courses may be offered by local authorities, colleges, and voluntary and
community groups, and include activity specifically targeted at deprived areas and
disadvantaged groups. See: http://www.gov.uk/government/collections/communitylearning-government-funding
24+ Advanced Learning Loans - Loans are available for eligible learners, aged 24
and above studying full Level 3 and Level 4 qualifications, to help meet up-front course
costs. See: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/sfa-24-advanced-learning-loans
Full Level 2 is equivalent to an NVQ at Level 2, or 5 GCSEs. The widths of all of a
learner’s Level 2 aims are summed to establish whether a learner is taking a full Level 2
programme. Full Level 3 is equivalent to an NVQ at Level 3, or 2 A-Levels. The widths
of all a learner’s Level 3 aims are summed to establish whether a learner is taking a full
Level 3 programme.
Traineeships were introduced in the 2013/14 academic year to provide young people
with essential work preparation, English, maths and work experience to secure an
apprenticeship or other work.
Academic year runs from 1st August to 31st July (except LFS figures in Tables 13 and
14 which are calendar year, and Ofqual figures in Table 15 which run from 1st October
to 30th September).
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FURTHER EDUCATION STATISTICS FOR ENGLAND, 2013/14
Adult Attainment in the Population
1. The Labour Force Survey is used to measure the level of adult educational
attainment in the population. Provisional data for 2013 show that of men aged 19 to
64 and women aged 19 to 59 [Table 13.1]:
 81.1 per cent were qualified to at least Level 2;
 62.6 per cent were qualified to at least Level 3;
 40.3 per cent were qualified to at least Level 4.
2. Data on the highest level of qualification was revised in late 2014 following a
reweighting of the Labour Force Survey (LFS) which affects figures from 2001
onwards.
Chart 1: Highest Level of Qualification Held by Adults of Working Age (Revised)
Success Rates
3. Success rates are calculated for individual qualifications. They show how many
learners that started a qualification went on to successfully complete it. Success
rates are typically calculated at a qualification level, but can be aggregated across
different types of course, or for particular colleges or providers.
4. Prior to 2013/14 success rates were calculated using different methodologies for
each of the different strands of further education provision. Employer-based
provision (apprenticeships and workplace learning (WPL)) used a primary Overall
success rate measure (based on the later of the actual and planned end dates) and
a secondary Timely measure (based on the planned end date). However Education
and Training (E&T) provision had a different measure which was based upon the
learning planned end date.
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5. In the 2013/14 academic year the methodologies were aligned to give a consistent
method of calculation across all provision areas, following changes to governmentfunded learning provision. E&T provision has adopted the Overall and Timely
measures as used in apprenticeships and WPL. The Overall measure will be the
principal measure and the one reported in this SFR, and will be used to assess the
quality of provision against the minimum standards that are expected for funded
training. The Timely measure will also be produced as a supporting measure.
6. The change in E&T methodology causes a break in the time series for these
statistics and means that the qualification success rates for 2013/14 cannot be
directly compared with those from the previous years. See
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sfa-qualification-success-ratesrationale-for-2013-to-2014 for more details of the changes.
7. Chart 2 shows that adult (19+) Education and Training Success Rates have risen
each year between 2009/10 and 2013/14 for Full Level 2s and Full Level 3s, but
have decreased for English and maths between 2012/13 and 2013/14. Success
rates for Apprenticeships rose between 2009/10 and 2010/11, but have decreased
in 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2013/14 [Table 12].
Chart 2: Success Rates
*Note: Success Rates for 2011/12 onwards are not directly comparable with earlier years.
**Note: E&T Success Rates for 2013/14 are not directly comparable with earlier years. See
paragraphs 4-6 for more information
8. In 2013/14, adult (19+) Education and Training success rates [Table 12.1] were:
 87.6 per cent for all Education and Training, an increase of 0.7 percentage
points compared to 2012/13;
 80.7 per cent for English and Maths qualifications, a decrease of 2.7 percentage
points compared to 2012/13;
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86.4 per cent for Level 2 qualifications, an increase of 0.9 percentage points
compared to 2012/13 (88.2 per cent for full Level 2, an increase of 3.2
percentage points);
82.3 per cent for Level 3 qualifications, an increase of 0.7 percentage points
compared to 2012/13 (81.2 per cent for full Level 3, an increase of 1.6
percentage points).
9. In 2013/14, Apprenticeship success rates [Table 12.2] were:
 68.9 per cent for all Apprenticeships, a decrease of 3.4 percentage points
compared to 2012/13;
 68.8 per cent for Intermediate Level Apprenticeships, a decrease of 3.2
percentage points compared to 2012/13;
 69.1 per cent for Advanced Level Apprenticeships, a decrease of 3.9 percentage
points compared to 2012/13;
 71.3 per cent for Higher Apprenticeships, an increase of 1.1 percentage points
compared to 2012/13;
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68.2 per cent for Apprenticeships by those aged 19 and over, a decrease of 4.4
percentage points compared to 2012/13;
71.1 per cent for Apprenticeships by those aged under 19, a decrease of 0.4
percentage points compared to 2012/13.
Adult Learner (19+) Participation and Achievement
10. Chart 3 shows that the total number of adult learners participating in governmentfunded further education in 2013/14 was 2,929,600, a decrease of 10.7 per cent on
2012/13 [Table 1.1]. The total number of adult learners achieving a governmentfunded further education qualification was 2,265,000 in 2013/14, a decrease on
2012/13 though an increase on 2011/12 [Table 1.2].
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Chart 3: Adult Learner (19+) Participation and Achievement in Governmentfunded Further Education
*Note: Learner Numbers for 2011/12 onwards are not directly comparable with earlier years. See
paragraph 70 onwards for more information.
11. Chart 4 shows that the number of adult learners participating on government-funded
further education Level 2 courses decreased between 2009/10 and 2013/14 with an
8.7 per cent decrease seen in the most recent year. The number participating in full
Level 2 courses fell by 11.2 per cent between 2012/13 and 2013/14.
12. The number of adult learners participating in Level 3 courses fell by 17.9 per cent
between 2012/13 and 2013/14, following a rise previously. Participation in full Level
3 courses fell by 11.3 per cent.
13. The number of adult learners participating in below Level 2 courses (excluding
English and maths) remained steady in 2013/14 at 759,900, whilst the number
participating in English and maths fell by 9.3% between 2012/13 and 2013/14 to
951,800. There was a sharp fall in the number of learners participating on Level 4+
courses, from 50,000 in 2012/13 to 36,400 in 2013/14. [Tables 1.1 and 1.2].
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Chart 4: Adult (19+) Learner Participation and Achievement in Governmentfunded Further Education by Level
*Note: Learner Numbers for 2011/12 onwards are not directly comparable with earlier years. See
paragraph 70 onwards for more information.
14. Of the 2,929,600 adult learners participating in further education in 2013/14:
 56.6 per cent were female and 43.4 per cent were male;
 15.0 per cent declared a learning difficulty and/or disability;
 19.2 per cent were from a Black or Minority Ethnic background (including Mixed,
Asian, Black and Other Ethnic Group learners) [Table 2];
 581,900 learners aged 19+ benefited from support for the unemployed. These
are defined as those learners reporting that they were in receipt of Employment
and Support Allowance - Work Related Activity Group (ESA WRAG),
Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) or Universal Credit (if unemployed and looking for
work). These figures are revised since the November 2013 publication to include
those learners in receipt of Universal Credit [see footnote to Table 1].
15. In 2013/14 there were 95,300 offenders aged 18 and over in the prison system
participating in learning, an increase of 6.0 per cent on 2012/13. 79,700 achieved a
learning outcome, an increase of 16.6 per cent [Table 7]. These offenders were
funded via the Offenders’ Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) budget.
Apprenticeships
16. Two measures of Apprenticeships are presented to give a transparent view of the
changes and trends in Apprenticeships in England:
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Participation refers to the number of people who are undertaking an
Apprenticeship in a given time period. This measure is helpful for quantifying the
number of people on an Apprenticeship programme throughout the academic
year. An Apprentice studying towards more than one Apprenticeship at the same
level is counted once.
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Starts refer to the number of programmes that begin in a given time period. This
measure is helpful in determining the take-up of programmes. An Apprentice is
counted for each Apprenticeship they start.
17. The Apprenticeship programme expanded rapidly since 2009/10 as a result of
increased government investment in adult Apprenticeships. More recently
Apprenticeship policy has focused on raising standards, improving the quality and
introducing minimum durations of Apprenticeships. This means some learners find it
more difficult or take longer to complete their Apprenticeship.
18. 24+ Advanced Learning Loans were introduced in August 2013, and withdrawn for
Apprenticeships in March 2014. This appears to have affected learner numbers on
Level 3 and above courses and Apprenticeships aged 24+ in the 2013/14 academic
year.
Participation
19. Chart 5 shows that all age Apprenticeship participation has increased since 2009/10
to 851,500 Apprenticeships in 2013/14, although there was a small decrease
between 2012/13 and 2013/14. Both under 19 and 19-24 Apprenticeship
participation increased between 2012/13 and 2013/14, so the decrease was due to
a fall in 25+ Apprenticeships. [Table 5].
Chart 5: Apprenticeship Participation by Age
*Note: Learner Numbers for 2011/12 onwards are not directly comparable with earlier years. See
paragraph 70 onwards for more information.
20. 503,500 Apprentices were participating on an Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in
2013/14, a slight increase on 2012/13 figures. An increase was seen on Higher
Level Apprenticeships to 18,100 in 2013/14, but there was a decrease on Advanced
Level Apprenticeships to 351,900. [Table 5].
21. Of the 851,500 Apprenticeships participating in 2013/14:
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51.9 per cent were female and 48.1 per cent were male;
8.3 per cent declared a learning difficulty and/or disability; and
9.9 per cent were from a Black or Minority Ethnic background (including Mixed,
Asian, Black and Other Ethnic Group learners) [Table 4]
Starts and Achievements
22. Chart 6 shows that following a period of strong growth, there was a decline in
Apprenticeship starts in 2013/14, again mostly due to a fall at Advanced Level.
However achievements have remained strong, with a small increase seen in
2013/14 [Table 6].
Chart 6: Apprenticeship Starts and Framework Achievements by Level
*Note: Starts and achievements for 2011/12 onwards are not directly comparable with earlier
years. See paragraph 70 onwards for more information.
23. The length of an Apprenticeship is typically more than a year and an Apprenticeship
framework achievement is recorded against the year it was achieved, not the year it
was started. Because of this, the number of achievements is below the number of
starts in Chart 6, as a large volume of learners that have started an Apprenticeship
have not yet completed it. Furthermore, some learners may withdraw or fail to
complete.
24. There were 440,400 Apprenticeship starts in the 2013/14 academic year, a
decrease of 13.7 per cent on 2012/13. This decrease was only seen at age 19+; an
increase was seen for those aged under 19. An increase was seen overall in
Apprenticeship achievements, to 255,800 in 2013/14. Apprenticeship achievements
rose for under 19s and 19-24s, but fell for those aged 25+. [Table 6].
25. In 2013/14, 1,700 Apprenticeships started through the Access to Apprenticeship
pathway, of which 1,100 converted to paid employment to complete their
Apprenticeship in the usual way. The Access to Apprenticeship pathway closed to
new starts at the end of December 2013. [Table 21.2].
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Planned Length of Stay
26. In August 2012 a minimum duration of 12 months for Apprenticeships was
introduced. Based on the planned end date, the number of Apprenticeship starts
with a planned length of stay of fewer than 12 months decreased sharply by 83.2
per cent between 2011/12 and 2012/13 to 34,400 and remained low in 2013/14 at
35,600.
Adult (19+) English and Maths
27. Chart 7 shows that adult learner participation on English and maths courses rose
between 2009/10 and 2011/12, but then fell in 2012/13, and again in 2013/14 to
951,800. [Table 3].
28. The number of learners participating on an English course fell by 7.6% between
2012/13 and 2013/14 to 707,500; the number of learners participating on a maths
course fell by 10.7% to 667,900 and numbers participating on an ESOL course fell
by 4.8% to 139,200. [Table 3].
Chart 7: Adult Learner (19+) Participation and Achievement on English and Maths
Courses
*Note: Learner Numbers for 2011/12 onwards are not directly comparable with earlier years. See
paragraph 70 onwards for more information.
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Community Learning
29. Chart 8 shows that the number of learners participating on Community Learning
courses in 2013/14 decreased by 4.0 per cent to 657,200 after a small rise in the
previous year. Achievements fell by 3.8 per cent to 584,900, again following an
earlier rise. [Table 9].
Chart 8: Community Learning Participation and Achievement
*Note: Learner Numbers for 2011/12 onwards are not directly comparable with earlier years. See
paragraph 70 onwards for more information.
Employer Ownership Pilot
30. Final data show that there were 37,600 Employer Ownership Pilot starts between
August 2012 and July 2014 [Table 24]. Of these there were:
 3,300 Employer Ownership Pilot starts by those aged under 19;
 7,000 Employer Ownership Pilot starts by those aged 19–24;
 27,300 Employer Ownership Pilot starts by those aged 25 and over;
 4,300 Apprenticeship starts.
24+ Advanced Learning Loans
31. Final data for the full 2013/14 academic year show there were 59,100 learners with
a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan2 [Table 10]. Of these there were:
 56,400 learners with a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan participating at Level 3;
 2,700 learners with a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan participating at Level 4+.
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On March 7th 2014 Apprenticeships were removed from the scope of the loans programme. Apprentices
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The number of learners with a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan reported through the
Individualised Learner Record (ILR) differ from data showing loan applications
(https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/further-education#advanced-learningloans) and loans paid (http://www.slc.co.uk/official-statistics/financial-supportawarded/england-further-education.aspx)
32. 24+ Advanced Learning Loans Application Information is released monthly. This
data relates to applications received for FE provision in the 2013/14 and 2014/15
academic year funded through 24+ Advanced Learning Loans. The data used to
produce the publication are sourced from the Student Loans Company (SLC)
application database. The data refer to received applications, including those not yet
processed, and will therefore be different than actual number of learners
participating on a course with a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan.
33. The SLC 24+ Advanced Learning Loans Paid in England data were released on
29th January 2015. These data refer to all payments made to FE providers on
behalf of learners, and numbers of learners will be lower than the ILR numbers.
Only payments made between August 2013 and October 2014 inclusive are
captured, whilst the ILR captures learners on a course with a 24+ Advanced
Learning Loan that started during this period, including some where the first
scheduled payment date was beyond the end of October 2014.
Traineeships
34. Final data for the full 2013/14 academic year show that there were 10,400
Traineeship starts [Table 11]. Of these there were:
 7,000 Traineeships aged under 19;
 3,400 Traineeships aged 19-23.
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PROVISIONAL FURTHER EDUCATION STATISTICS FOR
ENGLAND, 2014/15
35. Data for 2014/15 provide an early view of performance for the first quarter of the
academic year (August 2014 to October 2014). Data are provisional because
providers may not have reported all their information relating to this period. It is not
possible to determine how incomplete the information behind the provisional data is,
so the data cannot be directly compared against provisional or final data from earlier
academic years. Comparisons can only be made once final returns for the academic
year are made by providers (due to be published in November 2015) (See
paragraphs 66 to 69 for more information).
Adult Learner (19+) Participation
36. Provisional data show that in the first quarter of the 2014/15 academic year (August
2014 to October 2014) there were 1,396,100 learners aged 19 and over
participating in government-funded further education [Table 16]. Of these
 551,600 participated on a English and maths course;
 560,800 participated on a Level 2 course, of which 422,200 were on a full Level
2 course;
 325,500 participated on a Level 3 course, of which 308,300 were on a full Level
3 course;
 170,700 benefited from support for the unemployed (those nearest the
workforce).
37. Provisional data for the first quarter of the 2014/15 academic year (August 2014 to
October 2014) show there were 50,800 offenders aged 18 or over in the prison
system participating in learning [Table 18]. These offenders were funded via the
Offenders’ Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) budget. This includes 7,300
learners who sat an English & maths assessment.
Apprenticeships
38. Provisional data for the first quarter of the 2014/15 academic year (August 2014 to
October 2014) show that there were 573,700 funded Apprentices participating
[Table 19]. Of these there were3:
 330,500 Intermediate Level Apprentices;
 233,600 Advanced Level Apprentices;
 15,400 Higher Apprentices;
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124,500 Apprentices aged under 19;
229,300 Apprentices aged 19–24;
219,900 Apprentices aged 25 and over;
449,200 Apprentices aged 19 and over.
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39. Provisional data for the first quarter of the 2014/15 academic year (August 2014 to
October 2014) show that there were 147,500 Apprenticeship starts [Table 20.1]. Of
these there were:
 86,100 Intermediate Level Apprenticeship starts;
 57,200 Advanced Level Apprenticeship starts;
 4,000 Higher Apprenticeship starts;
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54,100 Apprenticeship starts by those aged under 19;
47,900 Apprenticeship starts by those aged 19–24;
45,500 Apprenticeship starts by those aged 25 and over;
93,500 Apprenticeship starts by those aged 19 and over.
40. Provisional data for the first quarter of the 2014/15 academic year (August 2014 to
October 2014) show that there were 56,200 Apprenticeship framework
achievements [Table 20.2]. Of these there were:
 34,500 Intermediate Level Apprenticeship framework achievements;
 21,000 Advanced Level Apprenticeship framework achievements;
 700 Higher Apprenticeship framework achievements;
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17,600 Apprenticeship framework achievements by those aged under 19;
19,100 Apprenticeship framework achievements by 19–24 year olds;
19,600 Apprenticeship framework achievements by those aged 25 and over;
38,700 Apprenticeship framework achievements by those aged 19 and over.
41. Provisional data show that there were 106,700 Apprenticeship starts for which a
payment was made through the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE 16 to 24)
scheme between February 2012 and October 2014. A further 24,300 were in the
pipeline (started but not yet paid) [Table 21.1].
Adult (19+) English and Maths
42. Provisional data for the first quarter of the 2014/15 academic year (August 2014 to
October 2014) show that 551,600 learners aged 19 and over participated on an
English and maths course [Table 17]. Of these:
 402,600 participated on an English course;
 372,500 participated on a maths course;
 72,400 participated on an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
course.
Community Learning
43. Provisional data for the first quarter of the 2014/15 academic year (August 2014 to
October 2014) show that 219,400 learners participated on a Community Learning
course [Table 23]. Of these:
 182,300 took a Personal and Community Development Learning course;
 11,600 took a Neighbourhood Learning in Deprived Communities course;
 10,900 took a Family English, Maths and Language course;
 16,800 took a Wider Family Learning course.
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24+ Advanced Learning Loans
44. Provisional data for the first quarter of the 2014/15 academic year (August 2014 to
October 2014) show that there were 51,700 learners with a 24+ Advanced Learning
Loan [Table 25]. Of these there were:
 48,400 learners with a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan participating at Level 3; and
 3,400 learners with a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan participating at Level 4+.
45. The number of learners with a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan reported through the
Individualised Learner Record (ILR) differ from data showing loan applications
(https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/further-education#advanced-learningloans) and loans paid in England (http://www.slc.co.uk/official-statistics/financialsupport-awarded/england-further-education.aspx).
46. 24+ Advanced Learning Loans Application Information is released monthly. This
publication presents data relating to applications received for FE provision in the
2014/15 academic year funded through 24+ Advanced Learning Loans. The data
used to produce the publication are sourced from the Student Loans Company
(SLC) application database. The data refer to applications for 24+ Advanced
Learning Loans to fund courses starting in the 2014/15 academic year only.
Application figures will therefore differ from the number of learners with a 24+
Advanced Learning Loan.
47. The SLC 24+ Advanced Learning Loans Paid in England data were also released
on 29th January. These data refer to all payments made to FE providers on behalf of
learners, and numbers of learners will be lower than the ILR numbers. Only
payments made between August 2013 and October 2014 are captured, whilst the
ILR captures learners on a course with a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan that started
during this period, including some where the first scheduled payment date is beyond
the end of October 2014.
Traineeships
48. Provisional data for the first quarter of the 2014/15 academic year (August 2014 to
October 2014) show that there were 5,000 Traineeship starts [Table 26]. Of these
there were:
 3,500 Traineeships aged under 19;
 1,500 Traineeships aged 19-24.
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NATIONAL STATISTICS
49. The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National
Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and
signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.
50. Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:
 meet identified user needs;
 are well explained and readily accessible;
 are produced according to sound methods; and
 are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest.
51. Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory
requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed. More
information regarding compliance with the Code of Practice is available on our
website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sfr-compliance-with-officialstatistics-code-of-practice
CHANGES INCLUDED IN THIS SFR
52. Education and Training (E&T) and Apprenticeship and Workplace Learning (WPL)
Success Rate methodologies have been aligned to give a consistent method of
calculation across all provision areas; that is E&T provision has adopted the Overall
and Timely measures as used in Apprenticeships and WPL (the Overall measure
will be the principal measure and is the one reported in this SFR). The change in
E&T methodology causes a break in the time series of these statistics and means
that the qualification success rates for 2013/14 cannot be directly compared with
those from the previous years. See paragraphs 4 to 6 and
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sfa-qualification-success-rates-for2013-to-2014 for more details of the changes.
53. We had planned to include data on Employer Ownership Pilot starts in Q1 2014/15
in this release but we do not currently have a reliable estimate that represents this
period. We will publish a figure once the quality has improved sufficiently.
54. Data on Traineeship starts is included in this SFR at Tables 11 and 26, and data on
Traineeship completions and progressions in Q1 2014/15 are published in a
separate note at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fe-datalibrary-other-statistics-and-research. Further non-National Statistics traineeships
data are available at the same link.
55. Data on the highest level of qualification held has been revised, following a
reweighting of the Labour Force Survey (LFS) affecting figures from 2001 onwards.
CHANGES IN THE NEXT SFR
56. The next SFR will be March 2015 and will include provisional FE and Skills data for
the first two quarters of the 2014/15 academic year (August 2014 to January 2015).
57. Changes to the next release will be pre-announced on the website at least a month
prior to coming into effect, at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/learnerparticipation-outcomes-and-level-of-highest-qualification-held
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SUPPORTING DATA
Scope
58. Should we need to make an unplanned revision to the statistics contained in this
release, we will follow the procedures outlined in the Revisions Policy for this
Statistical First Release. This includes action to understand the impact that any
revisions will have, as well as ensuring that they are clearly communicated to the
reader. The Revisions Policy can be found at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sfr-compliance-with-official-statisticscode-of-practice
59. Information from the different further education learning options have been drawn
together to give a coherent and comprehensive picture of the participation and
achievement of young people and adults. These options include:
 Further education organisations
 Sixth form colleges
 Local Authorities
 Independent training organisations.
60. These organisations deliver a wide variety of government programmes, including:
 Education and Training
 Apprenticeships
 Workplace Learning
 Community Learning
 Traineeships.
61. This SFR covers adults (19+) and does not contain information regarding:

Delivery in School Sixth Forms, including maintained, independent and
academy schools. Provisional figures taken from the Department for Education
(DfE) Participation in Education, Training and Employment by 16–18 Year Olds
in England Statistical Release show there were 541,000 16-18 year old students
studying in School Sixth Forms in 2013, based on a snapshot of January 2013
school census data.
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Higher Education in Higher Education Institutions. The publication
referenced in paragraph 83 shows that the total number of HE enrolments at
English Higher Education Institutions stood at 2,299,355 in 2013/14.
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Privately-funded training at FE organisations and independent training
organisations. There is no single coherent source that provides a measure of
privately-funded training. However, in Table 15 of this release we do show the
total number of Vocational Qualifications awarded in the UK. This includes both
public and privately-funded qualifications and gives some sense of scale of total
vocationally-related activity in the sector.
Data Sources
62. The data used to produce this SFR are Individualised Learner Record (ILR)
collections that are returned to the Skills Funding Agency by further education
colleges and providers and Employer Ownership Pilot data returned by employers.
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A Single ILR collection (SILR) was introduced in 2011/12 to replace the multiple ILR
collection types that were collected in previous years. There are no longer separate
collections for different funding streams and providers return all of their learners in a
single file. The following ILR collections have been used to update this release:
Year
Data Source
2013/14 SILR (R14),
Employer Ownership Pilots 1 & 2 (R14)
Large Employer Outcome Pilot (R14)
2014/15 SILR (R04)
Employer Ownership Pilots 1 & 2 (R04)
Large Employer Outcome Pilot (R04)
63. The data sources for all years are final collections and include information on
provision for the full academic year. More information on these data sources is
available in a definitions document, which can be found at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/learner-participation-outcomes-andlevel-of-highest-qualification-held.
64. Ofqual Vocational Qualification data is used in Table 15 of this release.
65. The Labour Force Survey is the other data source used for the SFR (Tables 13 and
14). The latest LFS data used in this release relate to Quarter 4 (October –
December) 2013. Data on the highest level of qualification was revised following a
reweighting of the Labour Force Survey (LFS) which affects figures from 2001
onwards.
Issues with Using Provisional Data
66. It is important to provide the earliest picture of further education performance once it
becomes available so that users may assess the impact of government-funded
provision and hold the system to account. However, provisional data are taken from
an operational information system which is designed to support the funding of
providers and there are some important limitations users should take into
consideration.
67. In-year information is subject to data lag, which is when a provider submits
information after the period it related to. This information is subsequently attributed
to the correct time period. Data remain provisional until final returns for the
academic year are made by providers, after the end of the academic year. Final
data are published in the following November. The size of revision to individual
estimates that arise from data lag can vary greatly. They tend to be around 2 to 3
per cent but have been as much as 20 per cent. Revisions are typically upward
though it should be noted that on occasions small downward revisions are possible.
68. Data lag from one year to the next is not predictable, as provider behaviour changes
over time and there is no source of information that would enable us to provide a
robust estimate of completeness of data that have been returned. Provisional data
cannot, therefore, be compared with provisional or final data from earlier academic
years. We generally recommend using final data for the last complete academic
year.
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69. We carry out a quality assessment of the volume of providers that have made their
returns. If we consider estimates to be particularly weak, due to data lag or any
other factor, we may defer publication of those estimates. In recent years we have
encouraged more timely reporting of data ahead of the final return. This is set out in
our quality statement, which can be found at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sfr-compliance-with-official-statisticscode-of-practice.
Issues with Comparing Data Across Academic Years
70. In the 2011/12 academic year a Single Individualised Learner Record (ILR) data
collection system was introduced. This replaced the multiple separate data
collections from previous years and led to small technical changes in the way
learners from more than one funding stream are counted.
71. Overall the new collection system led to a removal of duplicate learners and a
reduction in total learner participation of approximately 2 per cent. However
Apprenticeship participation figures were more significantly affected due to a change
in the way learners participating on more than one Apprenticeship programme were
counted. This has led to a removal of duplicate learners and a reduction in overall
Apprenticeship learners of approximately 5 per cent, therefore figures for 2011/12
onwards are not comparable to earlier years. A paper is available on our website to
explain the Single ILR and the small effects it has on the SFR at: Reduction of
Duplication in FE and Skills Learner Volumes. Further information on the Single ILR
is available the GOV.UK website at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ilrspecification-validation-rules-and-appendices-2013-to-2014
Data Definitions
72. High-level definitions of some of the key terms used in this release can be found in
the Glossary on page 3. A more detailed definitions document to accompany this
release is available at: Statistical First Release Definitions
73. The ‘Level of Highest Qualification Held by Adults’ statistics are produced using data
on the highest qualification held by individuals from the Labour Force Survey in
each year. The LFS is conducted by the Office for National Statistics and the
estimates provided are the best measure of attainment within the population at
Quarter 4 (October – December) each calendar year. Further details of how this
information is used to calculate the estimates can be found at: Statistics - Statistical
First Release - SFR Methodology
Publication Cycle Across the Year
74. Further information on future editions of the SFR can be found on the website at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/learner-participation-outcomes-and-levelof-highest-qualification-held
75. Table A below shows provisional and final data included for each release.
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Table A: Publication Cycle
Release
January 2015
March 2015
June 2015
October 2015
November 2015
January 2016
Data Included
- Education and Training; Apprenticeship; and Workplace Learning success
rates for 2013/14
- Provisional FE and Skills data for the first quarter of 2014/15
- Provisional FE and Skills data for the first two quarters of 2014/15
- Final data for 2013 and provisional data for 2014 on the level of highest
qualification held for adults in the population
- Provisional FE and Skills data for the first three quarters of 2014/15
- Provisional FE and Skills data for the full 2014/15 academic year
- Final FE and Skills data for the full 2014/15 academic year
- Education and Training; Apprenticeship; and Workplace Learning success
rates for 2014/15
- Provisional FE and Skills data for the first quarter of 2015/16
76. The Statistical First Release is an evolving product and we welcome feedback. If
you have comments or feedback on the SFR, these can be sent to:
[email protected], or alternatively, you can call 0370 267 0001.
77. If you have a statistical question around the content or presentation of National
Statistics in the release, please contact Paula Maratos at:
[email protected]
Supplementary Tables
78. A full list of supplementary tables relating to this SFR can be found on the GOV.UK
website at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/fe-data-library. These tables
include breakdowns by age, gender, ethnicity, learners with learning difficulties
and/or disabilities, region, local authority, parliamentary constituency, sector subject
area and funding stream. For more information on exactly what data will be
released, please see the supplementary tables list on the website.
79. Local Authority Reports are published on the GOV.UK website. Local Authority
Districts are shown based on the postcodes of delivery locations and also on the
home postcodes of learners. The reports cover 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2012/13:
enrolments, participation and provider level. The reports can be found at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fe-data-library-local-authoritytables
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Related National Statistics Releases
80. There are a number of other National Statistics publications available that can be
used to provide contextual information to this SFR. Some of those most relevant to
this release are discussed below.
81. Participation in Education, Training and Employment by 16-18 Year Olds in England
published on 25th June 2014 by the Department for Education. This shows that the
provisional proportion of 16–18 year olds in education and training was 85.6 per
cent at end 2013 – the highest rate ever recorded and an increase of 2 percentage
points from end 2012.
82. Level 2 and 3 Attainment by Young People in England Measured Using Matched
Administrative Data: Attainment by Age 19 in 2013 published on 27th March 2014 by
the Department for Education. This shows that in 2013, 86.2 per cent of people
aged 19 were qualified to at least Level 2, and 59.1 per cent were qualified to Level
3. These were both increases of 1.1 percentage points since 2012.
83. Higher Education Student Enrolments and Qualifications Obtained at Higher
Education Institutions in the United Kingdom for the Academic Year published on
15th January 2015 by the Higher Education Statistics Agency. This shows the total
number of HE enrolments at UK Higher Education Institutions stood at 2,299,355 in
2013/14, a decrease of 2% from 2012/13. In 2013/14, there were 777,800 HE
qualifications obtained in the UK. Of these, 421,850 were at first degree level.
84. Education and Training Statistics for the United Kingdom published on 6th November
2014 by the Department for Education. This release provides statistics relating to
education and training in the UK and includes chapters relating to post-compulsory
education & training and qualifications. Information includes participation of learners
in further education by country of study, participation in job-related training and the
highest level of qualification held by adults in the population (UK).
Other Related Statistics
85. FE Choices provides clear, comparable information to learners and employers so
they can make informed choices about post-16 education and training. FE Choices
enables users to search and compare provider ratings for four performance
indicators: Success Rates; Learner Destinations (including Employment Rate and
Learning Rate); Learner Satisfaction; and Employer Satisfaction. These indicators
are published on the FE Choices website at:
http://fechoices.skillsfundingagency.bis.gov.uk/. Results at National level, by type of
provider and by individual provider for each performance indicator can be found at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fe-choices-performanceindicators
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Further Education Statistics for Other Countries in the UK
86. The focus of this SFR is on government-funded further education provision in
England. Similar information is available for other countries in the UK, and provides
useful contextual background to these statistics.
87. Statistics on Further Education and Work-based learning in Wales can be found at:
http://wales.gov.uk/statistics-and-research/further-education-work-based-learningcommunity-learning-statistics/?lang=en
88. Statistics on Accredited Enrolments in the Northern Ireland Further Education
Sector for 2013/14 can be found at:
http://www.delni.gov.uk/index/statsandresearch/further-education-stats/feenrolments/fe-activity-in-fe-colleges-ni.htm
89. Statistics on learners in further education in Scotland can be found through userdefined tables on further education learners and courses:
https://stats.sfc.ac.uk/infact/
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Table Guide
90. This section provides a brief summary of what is included in each table of this
release. Tables 1 to 15 focus on the 2013/14 academic year; Tables 16 to 26 show
provisional data for the first quarter of the 2014/15 academic year (August 2014 to
October 2014).
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Table 1: Adult (19+) FE and Skills Participation/Achievement by Level
Table 2: Adult (19+) Demographic Summary of FE and Skills Participation
Table 3: Adult (19+) FE and Skills – English and Maths Participation and
Achievement by Level
Table 4: All Age Demographic Summary of Apprenticeship Participation
Table 5: All Age Apprenticeship Participation by Level and Age
Table 6: All Age Apprenticeship Programme Starts/Achievements by Level and
Age
Table 7: Adult (18+) FE and Skills - Offender Learning Participation by Level
Table 8: Workplace Learning Starts by Level
Table 9: Community Learning Participation and Achievement by Type
Table 10: 24+ FE and Skills – Participation with 24+ Advanced Learning Loans
(Level 3+)
Table 11: Traineeship Starts by Age
Table 12: Success Rates for Education and Training, Apprenticeships and
Workplace Learning
Table 13: Level of Highest Qualification Held by People aged 19-59/64 in
England
Table 14: Level Of Highest Qualification Held By Economically Active Adults In
England
Table 15: Vocational Qualification Achievements in the UK by Qualification Type
Tables 16 to 20: repeat earlier tables; showing provisional data for the first
quarter of the 2014/15 academic year (August 2014 to October 2014).
Table 21.1: Starts on the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers Scheme (AGE 16
to 24) - Pipeline Starts and Payments Made (February 2012 to October 2014)
Table 21.2: Starts on the Access to Apprenticeship Pathway (2011/12 to
2013/14)
Tables 22 to 23: repeat earlier tables; showing provisional data for the first
quarter of the 2014/15 academic year (August 2014 to October 2014).
Table 24: Employer Ownership Pilot starts by type and age on the programme.
Tables 25 to 26: repeat earlier tables; showing provisional data for the first
quarter of the 2014/15 academic year (August 2014 to October 2014).
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Table Footnotes
General Footnotes Relevant to All Tables
1) Volumes are rounded to the nearest 100; percentages are calculated on pre-rounded data.
2) ‘-’ Indicates a base value of less than 50; ‘*’ indicates a percentage of less than 0.5%.
3) Tables 1-5, 7, 9 & 10 are based on learners that were funded by the Learning and Skills Council or Young People's
Learning Agency and/or are now funded by the Skills Funding Agency or Education Funding Agency.
4) For definitions of variables used in the Tables please see the data dictionary:
http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140107201041/http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/datadictionary/
5) Except for Tables 6, 21.1, 21.2 & 24 (see footnotes 15 & 30), age is reported as at 31 August of the academic year
for all provision.
6) In tables reporting full-year numbers, except for tables 6 & 8 (see footnotes 16, 17, 24 & 25), full-year numbers are a
count of the number of learners that participated/achieved at any point during the year. Learners undertaking/achieving
more than one course will appear only once in the 'total learners' category for each data collection. All learners
undertaking/achieving a full Level 2 or full Level 3 qualification will also appear in the Level 2 or Level 3 category,
respectively.
7) The data source for all tables is the Individualised Learner Record, except where stated.
8) Further breakdowns of the data are available at the following website:
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/fe-data-library
Tables 2 and 4 – Demographics
9) Learners undertaking courses at more than one level will be counted once for each applicable level, but once only in
the Total.
10) Age, gender, learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities and ethnicity are based upon self-declaration by
the learner.
Tables 4-6, 12.2 & 19-20 – Apprenticeships
11) Apprenticeship starts and achievements include all funded and unfunded learners reported on the ILR.
12) Apprenticeship success rates are based on the number of learners who meet all of the requirements of their
Apprenticeship framework, divided by the number of learners who have left training or successfully completed
their training in the academic year.
13) Table 12.2 reports on success rates which are based on the reported achievement of frameworks that
were expected to complete in the academic year.
14) Apprenticeship success rates are not affected by demand led funding.
15) For Apprenticeship starts and achievements, age is calculated based on age at start of the programme rather than
based on 31 August.
16) In Table 6.1 full-year numbers are a count of the number of starts at any point during the year. Learners starting
more than one Apprenticeship will appear more than once.
17) In Table 6.2 full-year numbers are a count of the number of framework achievements at any point during the year.
Learners achieving more than one framework will appear more than once.
18) Programme-Led Apprenticeships recorded in ILR returns are included in the above figures.
19) In order to be counted as a successful achievement, all elements of the framework must have been achieved.
20) Quarter 1 is 1 August to 31 October; Quarter 2 is 1 November to 31 January; Quarter 3 is 1 February to 30 April;
Quarter 4 is 1 May to 31 July.
Tables 8,12.3 & 22 – Workplace Learning
21) Workplace Learning success rates are based on the number of aims achieved, divided by the number of aims
completed in the academic year.
22) Table 12.3 reports on success rates which are based on the reported achievement of individual aims that were
expected to complete in the academic year.
23) 2011/12 is the first year that Workplace Learning success rates are available. This is due to a change in the
programmes included in Workplace Learning. Between 2007/08 and 2010/11 this included the Train to Gain
programme. In 2011/12 this included all training mainly delivered through the workplace (excluding Apprenticeships).
Therefore previous years are not comparable. For more information see:
http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140107201041/http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/Statistics/success_rates/s
uccess_rates_2011-12/
24) In Table 8.1 full-year numbers are a count of the number of starts at any point during the year. Learners starting
more than one course will appear more than once.
25) In Table 8.2 full-year numbers are a count of the number of achievements at any point during the year. Learners
achieving more than one course will appear more than once.
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26) Quarter 1 is 1 August to 31 October; Quarter 2 is 1 November to 31 January; Quarter 3 is 1 February to 30 April;
Quarter 4 is 1 May to 31 July.
Tables 9 & 23 – Community Learning
27) For 2009/10 to 2010/11, only Community Learning provision recorded in the Community Learning collection is
included in totals except for 2009/10 where Community Learning provision recorded in the Education and Training
collection for five Specially Designated Colleges is also included.
28) There are a number of learners with Community Learning aims that are recorded in the Education and Training
funding stream and are not included in the figures in Table 9. In 2009/10 there were 7,700 participating and 6,300
achieving learners and in 2010/11 there were 8,300 participating and 6,900 achieving learners. The only Community
Learning provision included for Table 9 for 2010/11 is recorded in the Community Learning funding stream. Community
Learning in 2011/12 onwards is recorded in the Single ILR collection only.
Table 24 – Employer Ownership Pilot
29) This table covers all Employer Ownership Pilot starts.
30) Age is calculated based on age at start of the programme rather than based on 31 August.
Tables 10 & 25 – 24+ Advanced Learning Loans (Level 3+)
31) Learners have been eligible to apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan since the start of the 2013/14 academic
year (August 2013).
32) A small number of learners aged 23 at the start of the academic year but aged 24 at the start of the aim are
included in the figures.
33) This table includes 'Education and Training' learners only. Apprenticeships were removed from the scope of the
loans programme in March 2014, Apprentices who already received a loan no longer need to repay it.
Table 12.1 – Education and Training Success Rates
34) Education and Training success rates are calculated as the number of learning aims achieved divided by the
number of learning aims expected to complete, excluding any learners who transferred on to another learning aim
within the same institution.
35) Table 1.2 reports on the actual number of achievements within the academic year without reference to those that
were expected to complete. Table 12.1 reports on success rates which are based on the reported achievement of
individual aims that were expected to complete in the academic year.
Table 15 – Vocational Qualifications
36) This table covers all levels of vocational qualifications reported through Ofqual. Data are supplied by awarding
organisations.
37) Academic year is October to September. For example, the 2006/07 academic year is 1 October 2006 to 30
September 2007.
38) Key Skills data was not collected prior to October 2009.
39) 'Other Vocational Qualifications' include Basic Skills, Entry Level, English for Speakers Other Languages,
Functional Skills, Free-Standing Mathematics Qualification, Key Skills, National Qualifications Framework and Other
General types.
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Table 1.1: Adult (19+) FE and Skills Participation by Level (2009/10 to 2013/14) – Learner Volumes
Funded Learners
2009/10
Level
Participation
Total Learners
of which…
Full Year
2010/11
Full Year
2011/12
% change
09/10 to
10/11
2012/13
% change
10/11 to
11/12
Full Year
Full Year
2013/14
% change
11/12 to
12/13
Full Year
% change
12/13 to
13/14
3,540,500
3,163,200
-10.7%
3,149,700
*
3,280,600
4.2%
2,929,600
Below Level 2 (excluding English and maths)
435,300
370,900
-14.8%
574,700
54.9%
757,800
31.9%
759,900
*
English and maths
909,100
961,800
5.8%
1,083,000
12.6%
1,049,600
-3.1%
951,800
-9.3%
Full Level 2
971,000
982,600
1.2%
1,028,100
4.6%
972,500
-5.4%
863,300
-11.2%
Full Level 3
469,100
494,000
5.3%
486,800
-1.5%
495,300
1.7%
439,300
-11.3%
Level 2
1,451,200
1,273,300
-12.3%
1,320,000
3.7%
1,239,200
-6.1%
1,131,100
-8.7%
Level 3
604,800
542,900
-10.2%
542,600
*
594,300
9.5%
488,100
-17.9%
49,500
36,600
-26.0%
39,200
7.1%
50,000
27.6%
36,400
-27.3%
951,100
888,300
-6.6%
798,900
-10.1%
818,500
2.5%
660,400
-19.3%
Level 4+
No Level Assigned
-10.7%
Table 1.2: Adult (19+) FE and Skills Achievement by Level (2009/10 to 2013/14) – Learner Volumes
Funded Learners
2009/10
Level
Achievement
Total Learners
of which…
Full Year
2010/11
Full Year
2011/12
% change
09/10 to
10/11
Full Year
2012/13
% change
10/11 to
11/12
Full Year
2013/14
% change
11/12 to
12/13
Full Year
% change
12/13 to
13/14
2,567,700
2,265,100
-11.8%
2,258,500
*
2,453,900
8.7%
2,265,000
Below Level 2 (excluding English and maths)
336,800
298,500
-11.4%
472,300
58.2%
651,900
38.0%
672,300
3.1%
English and maths
614,600
595,600
-3.1%
633,000
6.3%
597,300
-5.6%
567,800
-4.9%
Full Level 2
556,000
561,800
1.0%
546,600
-2.7%
557,800
2.0%
494,100
-11.4%
Full Level 3
237,800
242,700
2.1%
216,200
-10.9%
201,700
-6.7%
191,500
-5.0%
Level 2
926,000
788,900
-14.8%
775,200
-1.7%
769,900
-0.7%
712,700
-7.4%
Level 3
344,400
282,600
-17.9%
249,000
-11.9%
273,300
9.8%
230,000
-15.8%
26,900
20,400
-24.4%
21,500
5.7%
24,200
12.6%
12,900
-46.9%
814,600
764,100
-6.2%
685,900
-10.2%
710,100
3.5%
582,900
-17.9%
Level 4+
No Level Assigned
-7.7%
Notes
1) These tables include Apprenticeships, Workplace Learning, Community Learning and Education and Training provision (including the Offenders’ Learning and Skills Service) taken at General Further Education Colleges (including Tertiary), Sixth Form
Colleges, Special Colleges (Agricultural and Horticultural Colleges and Art and Design Colleges), Specialist Colleges and External Institutions.
2) Figures for 2011/12 onwards are not directly comparable to earlier years as a Single Individualised Learner Record (ILR) data collection system has been introduced. Small technical changes have been made in the way learners from more than one provision
type are counted, leading to a removal of duplicate learners and a reduction in overall learner numbers of approximately 2 per cent. More information on the Single ILR is available at
http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140107201041/http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/NR/rdonlyres/C05DCDD5-67EE-4AD0-88B9-BEBC8F7F3300/0/SILR_Effects_SFR_Learners_June12.pdf
3) Data for earlier years are available in the Further Education and Skills Supplementary Tables:
https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fe-data-library-further-education-and-skills
4) In 2013/14 590,200 learners benefited from support for the unemployed (those nearest the workforce), of which 581,900 were aged 19+. These are defined as those learners reporting that they were in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance - Work
Related Activity Group (ESA WRAG), Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) or Universal Credit (if unemployed and looking for work).
5) Figures for English and maths (previously Skills for Life) include GCSEs, Functional Skills, Adult Basic Skills Certificates including ESOL Certificates, and Qualifications and Credit Framework Certificates and Awards in English and maths.
6) Please see the general footnotes and the FE and Skills footnotes sections for further information on these tables.
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Table 2: Adult (19+) Demographic Summary of FE and Skills Participation (2013/14) – Learner Volumes
Funded Learners
Below Level 2
(excluding English
and Maths)
All FE and Skills Participation
Level 2
English and
Maths
English
of which
Maths
Level 3
Level 4+
Total
FE and Skills
ESOL
Total Learners
Age
759,900
951,800
707,500
667,900
139,200
1,131,100
488,100
36,400
19-24
170,500
292,700
231,500
25-49
431,000
558,400
402,000
228,800
19,000
358,800
224,500
372,800
103,700
620,000
226,200
50+
158,300
100,700
74,000
66,200
16,500
152,300
100
-
-
-
-
Female
Male
336,200
557,600
403,100
388,200
423,700
394,200
304,400
279,600
Learning Difficulty/Disability
173,400
127,800
96,700
No Learning Difficulty/Disability
549,400
792,300
591,700
37,000
31,800
19,100
Asian/ Asian British
66,500
99,100
Black/ African/ Caribbean/ Black British
66,800
78,100
Mixed/ Multiple Ethnic Group
23,300
Unknown
%
2,929,600
100.0%
10,300
748,400
25.5%
21,700
1,589,200
54.2%
37,300
4,300
588,400
20.1%
-
-
-
3,700
*
92,600
596,100
292,500
22,100
1,656,900
56.6%
46,600
535,000
195,500
14,300
1,272,600
43.4%
88,700
9,800
134,900
47,600
2,500
438,400
15.0%
562,800
120,600
957,300
425,200
31,400
2,341,700
79.9%
16,400
8,900
38,900
15,200
2,400
149,600
5.1%
56,800
47,200
36,700
76,100
25,500
1,800
233,700
8.0%
51,100
47,400
19,000
74,800
26,900
1,500
194,700
6.6%
25,200
17,400
16,400
5,000
28,400
11,700
600
71,300
2.4%
560,800
700,500
555,600
535,700
58,100
915,300
411,700
31,100
2,294,900
78.3%
19,500
31,100
14,700
10,900
16,400
17,100
4,900
400
62,200
2.1%
23,100
17,800
11,900
10,200
4,000
19,400
7,300
1,000
72,800
2.5%
Gender
Learners with Learning Difficulties
and/or Disabilities
Not Known
Ethnicity
White
Other Ethnic Group
Not Known/Not Provided
Notes
1) These tables include Apprenticeships, Workplace Learning, Community Learning and Education and Training provision (including the Offenders’ Learning and Skills Service) taken at General Further Education Colleges
(including Tertiary), Sixth Form Colleges, Special Colleges (Agricultural and Horticultural Colleges and Art and Design Colleges), Specialist Colleges and External Institutions.
2) Figures for English and maths (previously Skills for Life) include GCSEs, Functional Skills, Adult Basic Skills Certificates including ESOL Certificates, and Qualifications and Credit Framework Certificates and Awards in
English and maths.
3) Figures include 120 learners with an unknown gender.
4) Please see the general footnotes and the FE and Skills Demographics footnotes sections for further information on these tables.
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Table 3: Adult (19+) FE and Skills – English and Maths Participation and Achievement by Level (2009/10 to 2013/14)
Funded Learners
Measure
Level
2009/10
Full Year
Participation
Total Learners
Full Year
2011/12
% change
09/10 to
10/11
Full Year
2012/13
% change
10/11 to
11/12
Full Year
2013/14
% change
11/12 to
12/13
Full Year
% change
12/13 to
13/14
909,100
961,800
5.8%
1,083,000
12.6%
1,049,600
-3.1%
951,800
-9.3%
555,700
639,000
15.0%
782,500
22.5%
765,800
-2.1%
707,500
-7.6%
of which entry level
112,400
103,800
-7.7%
107,600
3.6%
120,200
11.7%
109,000
-9.3%
of which level 1
226,700
285,900
26.1%
379,500
32.7%
340,900
-10.2%
314,000
-7.9%
of which level 2
252,100
286,800
13.8%
335,400
16.9%
327,900
-2.2%
308,600
-5.9%
525,000
630,500
20.1%
772,500
22.5%
748,200
-3.1%
667,900
-10.7%
of which English
of which maths
of which entry level
101,400
98,500
-2.9%
102,400
3.9%
95,500
-6.7%
79,100
-17.1%
of which level 1
236,800
314,800
32.9%
396,500
26.0%
346,800
-12.5%
316,800
-8.7%
of which level 2
228,800
265,700
16.2%
323,400
21.7%
334,800
3.5%
302,500
-9.6%
178,600
163,600
-8.4%
139,400
-14.8%
146,200
4.9%
139,200
-4.8%
150,100
135,500
-9.7%
118,000
-12.9%
123,200
4.4%
118,800
-3.6%
24,100
24,200
*
19,000
-21.4%
21,700
13.8%
17,900
-17.1%
-8.0%
of which ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
of which entry level
of which level 1
of which level 2
Achievement
2010/11
Total Learners
of which English
of which entry level
9,700
9,600
-0.6%
7,100
-26.1%
7,500
6.1%
6,900
614,600
595,600
-3.1%
633,000
6.3%
597,300
-5.6%
567,800
-4.9%
336,400
329,700
-2.0%
387,400
17.5%
351,500
-9.3%
339,600
-3.4%
79,200
74,400
-6.1%
79,700
7.2%
90,500
13.5%
82,000
-9.3%
of which level 1
130,200
134,100
3.1%
175,600
30.9%
152,000
-13.4%
139,600
-8.2%
of which level 2
144,700
139,900
-3.3%
152,800
9.2%
116,600
-23.7%
127,600
9.5%
311,100
324,300
4.2%
386,400
19.1%
357,100
-7.6%
330,600
-7.4%
of which maths
of which entry level
68,400
70,900
3.7%
79,700
12.4%
73,800
-7.5%
60,000
-18.6%
of which level 1
138,400
151,300
9.4%
191,600
26.6%
165,200
-13.8%
151,800
-8.1%
of which level 2
126,200
128,500
1.8%
142,400
10.8%
129,600
-9.0%
132,900
2.6%
128,200
122,100
-4.7%
110,000
-10.0%
117,500
6.9%
113,800
-3.2%
of which ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
of which entry level
108,100
101,700
-5.9%
93,700
-7.9%
99,100
5.7%
97,000
-2.1%
of which level 1
15,900
16,400
3.6%
13,200
-20.0%
15,700
19.6%
14,000
-11.0%
of which level 2
6,600
6,500
-1.7%
5,200
-19.7%
5,700
9.7%
5,500
-3.6%
Notes
1) Figures for 2011/12 onwards are not directly comparable to earlier years as a Single Individualised Learner Record (ILR) data collection system has been introduced. More information on the Single ILR is available at
http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140107201041/http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/NR/rdonlyres/C05DCDD5-67EE-4AD0-88B9-BEBC8F7F3300/0/SILR_Effects_SFR_Learners_June12.pdf
2) Data for earlier years are available in the English and maths Supplementary Tables:
https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fe-data-library-skills-for-life
3) Figures for English and maths (previously Skills for Life) include GCSEs, Functional Skills, Adult Basic Skills Certificates including ESOL Certificates, and Qualifications and Credit Framework Certificates and Awards in English and maths.
4) Please see the general footnotes section for further information on this table.
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Table 4: All Age Demographic Summary of Apprenticeship Participation (2013/14) – Learner Volumes
Funded Apprentices
Apprenticeships
Intermediate
Level
Apprenticeship
Advanced Level
Apprenticeship
Total Learners
Age
503,500
Under 19
19-24
25-49
Higher
Apprenticeship
Total
Apprenticeships
%
351,900
18,100
851,500
100.0%
134,500
58,100
1,000
185,800
21.8%
176,800
137,300
5,700
308,900
36.3%
160,700
136,400
9,700
303,900
35.7%
31,600
20,000
1,700
53,000
6.2%
-
-
-
-
-
Female
250,600
192,000
11,700
442,300
51.9%
Male
252,900
159,900
6,400
409,300
48.1%
45,900
25,600
900
70,700
8.3%
449,600
320,600
16,800
767,100
90.1%
7,900
5,700
300
13,800
1.6%
Asian/ Asian British
21,200
12,600
800
34,000
4.0%
Black/ African/ Caribbean/ Black British
15,800
11,300
600
27,400
3.2%
50+
Unknown
Gender
Learners with Learning Difficulties
and/or Disabilities
Learning Difficulty/Disability
No Learning Difficulty/Disability
Not Known
Ethnicity
Mixed/ Multiple Ethnic Group
White
Other Ethnic Group
Not Known/Not Provided
10,300
6,800
300
17,000
2.0%
447,300
315,600
16,000
758,400
89.1%
3,600
1,900
100
5,500
0.7%
5,300
3,700
300
9,100
1.1%
Notes
1) Figures for 2013/14 include 10 learners with an unknown gender.
2) 24+ Advanced Learning Loans were introduced in August 2013. Data show that the number of Apprenticeship starts for those aged 24 and above
studying at Level 3 and above has been directly affected. There is also some anecdotal evidence that the numbers of starts for other ages may have
been indirectly affected. The Skills Funding Statement in February 2014 announced that regulations have been laid to remove Apprenticeships from
loan funding and make them eligible for funding via the Adult Skills Budget.
3) Please see the general footnotes and the Demographics footnotes sections for further information on this table.
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Table 5: All Age Apprenticeship Participation by Level and Age (2009/10 to 2013/14)
Funded Apprentices
Age
Intermediate Level Apprenticeship
2012/13
2013/14
Full Year
Full Year
Full Year
Full Year
Full Year
2012/13
August to
October
August to
January
2013/14
August to
April
Full Year
August to July
August to
October
August to
January
August to
April
Full Year
August to July
140,400
150,000
144,200
132,600
134,500
84,100
99,700
114,500
132,600
84,500
101,000
116,400
134,500
114,600
141,300
159,100
167,200
176,800
111,400
130,100
149,100
167,200
121,700
140,700
159,300
176,800
49,000
123,900
203,000
201,900
192,300
130,500
151,800
173,700
201,900
122,300
143,000
166,500
192,300
304,000
415,200
506,200
501,700
503,500
326,000
381,600
437,300
501,700
328,600
384,800
442,200
503,500
163,600
265,300
362,100
369,100
369,000
242,000
281,900
322,800
369,100
244,000
283,800
325,800
369,000
Under 19
45,800
52,900
53,300
54,800
58,100
36,000
41,600
47,200
54,800
37,600
44,200
50,000
58,100
19-24
94,900
108,100
118,900
132,500
137,300
95,000
105,700
117,500
132,500
104,500
115,000
125,800
137,300
of which 19+
25+
44,800
86,100
144,800
189,700
156,500
114,500
131,800
150,900
189,700
119,300
121,900
136,400
156,500
185,500
247,200
317,000
377,000
351,900
245,500
279,000
315,500
377,000
261,400
281,100
312,200
351,900
139,700
194,300
263,700
322,200
293,800
209,500
237,400
268,300
322,200
223,800
236,900
262,200
293,800
200
300
500
800
1,000
400
500
600
800
600
700
800
1,000
1,400
2,400
2,900
4,200
5,700
2,800
3,200
3,600
4,200
4,300
4,700
5,100
5,700
100
800
2,300
8,000
11,500
2,500
3,300
4,900
8,000
6,900
7,000
8,200
11,500
1,700
3,500
5,700
13,000
18,100
5,700
7,000
9,200
13,000
11,800
12,500
14,100
18,100
1,500
3,200
5,200
12,200
17,100
5,300
6,400
8,600
12,200
11,200
11,700
13,300
17,100
Under 19
186,400
203,100
189,600
181,300
185,800
118,700
138,600
157,400
181,300
120,400
141,800
161,400
185,800
19-24
210,900
251,900
272,100
294,500
308,900
206,800
234,500
263,500
294,500
227,000
254,400
281,700
308,900
93,900
210,900
344,800
392,900
356,900
246,500
284,600
325,700
392,900
248,100
271,500
309,600
356,900
491,300
665,900
806,500
868,700
851,500
572,000
657,700
746,700
868,700
595,500
667,600
752,700
851,500
304,800
462,800
616,900
687,400
665,700
453,300
519,100
589,300
687,400
475,100
525,900
591,300
665,700
Total
of which 19+
Under 19
19-24
25+
Total
of which 19+
All Apprenticeships
2011/12
19-24
Total
Higher Apprenticeship
2010/11
Under 19
25+
Advanced Level Apprenticeship
2009/10
25+
Total
of which 19+
Notes
1) Figures for 2011/12 onwards are not comparable to earlier years as a Single Individualised Learner Record (ILR) data collection system has been introduced. Technical changes have been made in the way learners participating on
more than one Apprenticeship programme are counted. This has led to a removal of duplicate learners. More information on the Single ILR is available at:
http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140107201041/http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/NR/rdonlyres/C05DCDD5-67EE-4AD0-88B9-BEBC8F7F3300/0/SILR_Effects_SFR_Learners_June12.pdf
2) Prior to 2011/12, full year numbers are a count of Apprenticeship programmes in each year. Learners undertaking more than one Apprenticeship programme will appear more than once in the 'All Apprenticeships' total as well as the
totals for each Apprenticeship level they participated in. From 2011/12 onwards 'All Apprenticeships' counts each Apprenticeship learner only once regardless of how many programmes they participated in. Each learner is still counted in
the totals for each Apprenticeship level they participated in.
3) 24+ Advanced Learning Loans were introduced in August 2013. Data show that the number of Apprenticeship starts for those aged 24 and above studying at Level 3 and above has been directly affected. There is also some anecdotal
evidence that the numbers of starts for other ages may have been indirectly affected. The Skills Funding Statement in February 2014 announced that regulations have been laid to remove Apprenticeships from loan funding and make
them eligible for funding via the Adult Skills Budget.
4) Data for earlier years are available in the Apprenticeship Supplementary Tables:
https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fe-data-library-apprenticeships
5) Figures for 2012/13 onwards include Apprenticeships through the Employer Ownership Pilot.
6) Please see the general footnotes and the Apprenticeships footnotes section for further information on this table.
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Table 6.1: All Age Apprenticeship Programme Starts by Level and Age (2009/10 to 2013/14)
Age
Intermediate Level Apprenticeship
2011/12
2012/13
2013/14
Full Year
Full Year
Full Year
Quarter 2
2013/14
Quarter 3
Quarter 4
Quarter 1
Quarter 2
Quarter 3
Quarter 4
97,300
95,400
80,900
83,400
35,500
15,600
14,000
15,900
35,800
16,800
14,600
16,200
19-24
72,800
90,400
101,700
99,000
97,000
30,100
22,000
24,000
22,800
27,500
23,000
23,800
22,700
25+
28,400
113,400
131,900
112,900
106,100
30,000
24,100
26,100
32,600
22,900
24,200
28,500
30,500
190,500
301,100
329,000
292,800
286,500
95,700
61,600
64,100
71,300
86,200
63,900
66,900
69,400
101,100
203,800
233,600
211,900
203,100
60,200
46,100
50,200
55,500
50,400
47,100
52,300
53,200
Under 19
27,200
34,200
34,100
33,100
35,600
17,600
5,100
4,600
5,800
18,200
6,100
5,000
6,400
19-24
39,800
51,600
58,000
63,900
59,300
21,700
11,900
13,800
16,500
19,500
12,500
13,300
14,000
25+
20,600
68,000
95,700
110,600
49,800
24,400
19,600
22,400
44,300
4,200
3,900
17,800
24,000
Total
87,700
153,900
187,900
207,700
144,700
63,700
36,700
40,800
66,500
41,900
22,500
36,000
44,400
60,400
119,700
153,700
174,600
109,100
46,000
31,500
36,200
60,800
23,700
16,400
31,000
38,000
100
200
300
600
700
300
100
100
100
500
100
-
100
1,200
1,300
1,700
2,400
2,900
1,000
400
500
600
1,400
500
400
600
100
700
1,700
6,800
5,600
800
900
1,800
3,300
300
200
1,500
3,600
1,500
2,200
3,700
9,800
9,200
2,100
1,400
2,400
4,000
2,100
800
1,900
4,300
1,400
2,000
3,400
9,200
8,500
1,700
1,300
2,300
3,900
1,600
700
1,900
4,300
Under 19
116,800
131,700
129,900
114,500
119,800
53,400
20,800
18,600
21,700
54,500
23,000
19,600
22,700
19-24
113,800
143,400
161,400
165,400
159,100
52,800
34,300
38,300
39,900
48,400
35,900
37,500
37,300
49,100
182,100
229,300
230,300
161,600
55,200
44,600
50,300
80,200
27,400
28,300
47,800
58,000
279,700
457,200
520,600
510,200
440,400
161,400
99,700
107,300
141,800
130,300
87,200
104,900
118,100
162,900
325,500
390,700
395,700
320,700
108,000
78,900
88,700
120,100
75,800
64,200
85,300
95,400
of which 19+
Under 19
19-24
25+
Total
of which 19+
All Apprenticeships
2012/13
Quarter 1
89,400
of which 19+
Higher Apprenticeship
2010/11
Full Year
Under 19
Total
Advanced Level Apprenticeship
2009/10
Full Year
25+
Total
of which 19+
Table 6.2: All Age Apprenticeship Framework Achievements by Level and Age (2009/10 to 2013/14)
Age
Intermediate Level Apprenticeship
2011/12
2012/13
2013/14
Full Year
Full Year
Full Year
Quarter 2
2013/14
Quarter 3
Quarter 4
Quarter 1
Quarter 2
Quarter 3
Quarter 4
59,400
56,500
42,100
45,200
12,000
9,000
8,400
12,700
13,900
9,200
8,700
13,400
19-24
38,600
48,400
54,100
47,700
50,800
12,600
11,600
11,200
12,300
12,200
11,200
11,900
15,500
25+
20,300
23,900
61,800
66,500
54,900
16,600
15,400
16,200
18,300
12,900
11,700
12,800
17,500
111,900
131,700
172,400
156,300
150,900
41,200
36,000
35,800
43,200
39,000
32,100
33,400
46,400
59,000
72,400
115,900
114,200
105,700
29,200
27,000
27,400
30,600
25,100
22,900
24,700
33,000
Under 19
20,100
23,900
21,300
18,600
20,000
5,400
3,600
3,500
6,000
5,500
3,900
4,000
6,500
19-24
25,400
27,700
30,600
30,800
35,000
7,800
6,700
7,100
9,300
8,800
7,400
7,800
11,100
25+
13,900
15,900
32,800
45,700
47,200
9,500
10,400
11,100
14,700
10,400
9,800
10,800
16,200
Total
59,400
67,500
84,700
95,000
102,200
22,700
20,700
21,700
30,000
24,700
21,100
22,600
33,800
39,300
43,600
63,400
76,500
82,200
17,300
17,000
18,100
24,000
19,200
17,100
18,600
27,300
-
100
100
100
200
-
-
-
-
100
-
-
-
100
800
800
800
1,100
300
200
100
200
500
200
200
300
of which 19+
Under 19
19-24
25+
Total
of which 19+
All Apprenticeships
2012/13
Quarter 1
52,900
of which 19+
Higher Apprenticeship
2010/11
Full Year
Under 19
Total
Advanced Level Apprenticeship
2009/10
Full Year
-
100
300
600
1,400
100
100
100
200
300
200
300
700
200
1,000
1,200
1,600
2,700
400
400
300
500
900
400
500
1,000
200
900
1,200
1,400
2,500
400
300
200
500
800
400
500
900
Under 19
73,100
83,300
77,900
60,800
65,400
17,400
12,700
11,900
18,700
19,500
13,200
12,700
20,000
19-24
64,200
77,000
85,600
79,300
86,900
20,700
18,400
18,400
21,800
21,500
18,700
19,900
26,800
25+
34,300
39,900
94,900
112,800
103,500
26,300
25,900
27,400
33,200
23,600
21,600
23,900
34,400
171,500
200,300
258,400
252,900
255,800
64,400
57,000
57,700
73,700
64,600
53,500
56,500
81,100
98,400
116,900
180,500
192,100
190,400
47,000
44,400
45,800
55,000
45,100
40,300
43,800
61,200
Total
of which 19+
Notes
1) Figures for 2011/12 onwards are not directly comparable to earlier years as a Single Individualised Learner Record (ILR) data collection system has been introduced. More information on the Single ILR is available at
http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140107201041/http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/NR/rdonlyres/C05DCDD5-67EE-4AD0-88B9-BEBC8F7F3300/0/SILR_Effects_SFR_Learners_June12.pdf
2) 24+ Advanced Learning Loans were introduced in August 2013. Data show that the number of Apprenticeship starts for those aged 24 and above studying at Level 3 and above has been directly affected. There is also some anecdotal evidence that the numbers of starts for other ages may have been
indirectly affected. The Skills Funding Statement in February 2014 announced that regulations have been laid to remove Apprenticeships from loan funding and make them eligible for funding via the Adult Skills Budget.
3) Data for earlier years are available in the Apprenticeship Supplementary Tables:
https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fe-data-library-apprenticeships
4) Figures for 2012/13 onwards include Apprenticeships through the Employer Ownership Pilot.
5) Please see the general footnotes and the Apprenticeships footnotes section for further information on these tables.
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Statistical First Release SFA/SFR27
Published on 29th January 2015
Table 7.1: Adult (18+) FE and Skills - Offender Learning Participation by Level (2010/11 to 2013/14) – Learner Volumes
Funded Learners
2010/11
Level
Participation
Total Offender Learners
of which…
2011/12
Full Year
2012/13
% change
10/11 to
11/12
Full Year
2013/14
% change
11/12 to
12/13
Full Year
% change
12/13 to
13/14
Full Year
88,900
90,100
1.4%
89,900
*
95,300
6.0%
Below Level 2 (excluding English and maths)
56,800
59,900
5.4%
66,300
10.8%
73,900
11.5%
English and maths
35,400
37,000
4.5%
34,400
-7.1%
37,500
9.1%
3,600
3,800
4.0%
6,900
83.2%
12,200
76.1%
-37.4%
Full Level 2
Full Level 3
100
100
23.3%
100
-25.2%
100
Level 2
38,500
41,600
7.9%
40,300
-2.9%
43,500
7.8%
Level 3
2,000
2,100
5.6%
2,400
16.6%
1,000
-57.2%
Level 4+
No Level Assigned
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
12,400
7,800
-37.1%
-
-
4,500
-
Table 7.2: Adult (18+) FE and Skills - Offender Learning Achievement by Level (2010/11 to 2013/14) – Learner Volumes
Funded Learners
2010/11
Level
Achievement
Total Offender Learners
of which…
2011/12
Full Year
2012/13
% change
10/11 to
11/12
Full Year
2013/14
% change
11/12 to
12/13
Full Year
% change
12/13 to
13/14
Full Year
70,300
71,900
2.3%
68,400
-4.9%
79,700
16.6%
Below Level 2 (excluding English and maths)
44,400
47,200
6.4%
51,500
9.0%
62,400
21.2%
English and maths
21,700
23,400
7.6%
16,400
-29.7%
20,700
25.9%
Full Level 2
3,200
2,300
-30.2%
4,000
77.9%
6,700
67.6%
Full Level 3
100
100
-23.2%
-
-
-
-
Level 2
29,100
31,800
9.2%
29,100
-8.4%
32,400
11.2%
Level 3
1,200
1,200
7.1%
1,400
9.9%
600
-55.5%
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
10,400
6,700
-35.6%
-
-
3,300
-
Level 4+
No Level Assigned
Notes
1) Figures for 2011/12 onwards are not directly comparable to earlier years as a Single Individualised Learner Record (ILR) data collection system has been introduced. More information on the Single ILR is available at
http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140107201041/http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/NR/rdonlyres/C05DCDD5-67EE-4AD0-88B9-BEBC8F7F3300/0/SILR_Effects_SFR_Learners_June12.pdf
2) Figures for English and maths (previously Skills for Life) include GCSEs, Functional Skills, Adult Basic Skills Certificates including ESOL Certificates, and Qualifications and Credit Framework Certificates and Awards in English and
maths.
3) An offender learner may be counted more than once if they participated/achieved in learning at different institutions during an academic year.
4) The large increase in No Level Assigned learners between 2012/13 and 2013/14 is due to the renewed take-up of practical skills/crafts.
5) Please see the general footnotes and the FE and Skills footnotes sections for further information on these tables.
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Published on 29th January 2015
Statistical First Release SFA/SFR27
Table 8.1: Workplace Learning Starts by Level (2009/10 to 2013/14)
Level
Total Starts
of which…
2009/10
2010/11
Full Year
774,500
Full Year
599,300
Below Level 2
147,100
114,300
Level 2
430,500
331,900
Level 3
100,200
81,800
4,300
3,000
No Level Assigned
92,400
Below Level 2 (excluding English and maths)
2011/12
2012/13
2013/14
2012/13
Quarter 1
30,800
Quarter 2
34,700
2013/14
Full Year
148,500
Full Year
102,400
43,200
30,900
14,300
7,600
9,300
8,100
5,900
3,700
3,600
3,600
3,400
252,200
102,100
71,500
20,300
22,500
29,800
29,600
16,900
16,100
18,300
20,200
34,200
11,100
12,300
2,700
2,100
3,100
3,200
2,300
2,600
3,000
4,400
2,000
2,000
4,100
200
400
600
800
700
700
900
1,900
68,300
-
2,400
200
-
400
600
1,400
-
100
100
100
27,900
11,200
4,200
2,900
4,700
400
700
900
900
1,400
800
900
1,500
English and maths
127,000
108,300
62,200
39,400
20,400
9,800
11,300
10,300
8,000
4,900
5,600
5,600
4,300
Full Level 2
415,100
315,400
226,300
85,200
50,100
16,900
18,800
25,100
24,400
12,500
11,800
12,600
13,200
Full Level 3
98,200
80,600
31,700
6,000
2,200
1,700
1,200
1,500
1,600
700
500
500
500
Quarter 1
49,600
Quarter 2
49,300
Quarter 3
44,800
Quarter 4
54,200
Quarter 1
24,500
Quarter 2
23,400
Quarter 3
24,000
Quarter 4
31,200
Level 4+
Full Year
331,600
Quarter 3
42,100
Quarter 4
40,800
Quarter 1
23,600
Quarter 2
23,100
Quarter 3
25,800
Quarter 4
29,900
Table 8.2: Workplace Learning Achievements by Level (2009/10 to 2013/14)
Level
Total Achievements
of which…
2009/10
Full Year
676,000
2010/11
Full Year
584,900
2011/12
2012/13
Full Year
290,100
2013/14
2012/13
Full Year
197,900
Full Year
103,100
2013/14
Below Level 2
105,900
95,100
34,900
27,400
13,000
5,200
6,300
7,300
8,600
3,300
2,800
2,900
3,900
Level 2
389,700
332,500
212,100
145,100
72,600
38,300
36,500
31,600
38,700
17,000
16,600
17,000
22,000
Level 3
95,500
81,100
41,100
22,800
13,200
5,700
6,000
5,200
5,900
3,200
3,200
3,100
3,600
Level 4+
7,200
3,600
2,000
2,200
3,500
300
500
700
800
600
700
800
1,300
No Level Assigned
77,600
72,600
-
400
900
-
-
100
300
300
100
200
300
Below Level 2 (excluding English and maths)
15,900
10,900
2,700
2,800
4,100
400
500
1,000
900
1,200
700
800
1,300
English and maths
94,900
88,500
51,700
35,700
18,200
7,800
8,400
8,500
10,900
3,900
4,400
4,700
5,200
Full Level 2
378,900
318,700
191,700
129,900
55,900
35,100
33,400
28,500
33,000
14,300
13,200
12,400
16,100
Full Level 3
93,700
80,200
40,200
16,100
4,800
4,400
4,300
3,600
3,800
1,600
1,200
900
1,100
Notes
1) Figures for 2011/12 onwards are not directly comparable to earlier years as a Single Individualised Learner Record (ILR) data collection system has been introduced. More information on the Single ILR is available at
http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140107201041/http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/NR/rdonlyres/C05DCDD5-67EE-4AD0-88B9-BEBC8F7F3300/0/SILR_Effects_SFR_Learners_June12.pdf
2) Workplace Learning includes Train to Gain and other Employer Responsive provision (except Apprenticeships).
3) Data for earlier years are available in the Workplace Learning Supplementary Tables:
https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fe-data-library-workplace-learning
4) English and maths starts and achievements can be at Level 2 or Below Level 2.
5) These tables include some learners aged under 19 who are eligible for funding on certain Workplace Learning programmes (such as Programmes for the Unemployed).
6) Please see the general footnotes and the Workplace Learning footnotes section for further information on these tables.
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Skills Funding Agency
Statistical First Release SFA/SFR27
Published on 29th January 2015
Table 9: Community Learning Participation and Achievement by Type (2009/10 to 2013/14) – Learner Volumes
Funded Learners
Measure
Provision Type
2009/10
Full Year
Total Learners
Participation
Full Year
2011/12
% change
09/10 to
10/11
Full Year
2012/13
% change
10/11 to
11/12
Full Year
2013/14
% change
11/12 to
12/13
Full Year
% change
12/13 to
13/14
752,800
699,400
-7.1%
683,300
-2.3%
684,700
*
657,200
-4.0%
579,200
534,100
-7.8%
518,600
-2.9%
513,800
-0.9%
497,300
-3.2%
of which Neighbourhood Learning in Deprived Communities
43,700
46,600
6.5%
55,700
19.8%
65,600
17.7%
63,800
-2.7%
of which Family English, Maths and Language
71,300
65,400
-8.3%
58,700
-10.4%
52,600
-10.4%
49,100
-6.6%
of which Wider Family Learning
79,600
75,400
-5.3%
72,800
-3.4%
74,400
2.2%
69,700
-6.4%
663,000
608,200
-8.3%
594,500
-2.3%
608,100
2.3%
584,900
-3.8%
505,900
458,600
-9.3%
445,400
-2.9%
450,900
1.2%
436,600
-3.2%
of which Neighbourhood Learning in Deprived Communities
39,800
41,300
3.7%
50,100
21.4%
60,600
21.1%
58,700
-3.3%
of which Family English, Maths and Language
62,700
57,000
-9.0%
50,900
-10.8%
46,000
-9.6%
43,600
-5.2%
of which Wider Family Learning
72,600
70,100
-3.4%
67,500
-3.8%
69,500
2.9%
65,800
-5.2%
of which Personal and Community Development Learning
Total Learners
Achievement
2010/11
of which Personal and Community Development Learning
Notes
1) Figures for 2011/12 onwards are not directly comparable to earlier years as a Single Individualised Learner Record (ILR) data collection system has been introduced. More information on the Single ILR is available at
http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140107201041/http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/NR/rdonlyres/C05DCDD5-67EE-4AD0-88B9-BEBC8F7F3300/0/SILR_Effects_SFR_Learners_June12.pdf
2) Data for earlier years is available in the Community Learning Supplementary Tables:
https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fe-data-library-community-learning
3) Please see the general footnotes and the Community Learning footnotes sections for further information on this table.
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Skills Funding Agency
Statistical First Release SFA/SFR27
Published on 29th January 2015
Table 10: 24+ FE and Skills – Participation with 24+ Advanced Learning Loans (Level 3+) (2013/14) – Learner Volumes
Funded Learners
2013/14
Full Year
Participation with 24+
Advanced Learning Loans
Total Learners
59,100
of which Level 3
56,400
of which Level 4+
2,700
Notes
1) This table includes Education and Training provision taken at General Further Education Colleges (including Tertiary), Sixth Form Colleges,
Special Colleges (Agricultural and Horticultural Colleges and Art and Design Colleges), Specialist Colleges and External Institutions.
2) Please note that Apprenticeships were removed from loan funding from March 2014. Apprentices who previously received a loan no longer need
to repay it. Apprentices that previously appeared in this table earlier in the academic year have now been removed.
3) Please see the general footnotes for further information on this table.
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Skills Funding Agency
Statistical First Release SFA/SFR27
Published on 29th January 2015
Table 11: Traineeship Starts by Age (2013/14)
Age
2013/14
Full Year
Total Traineeships
Under 19
7,000
19-23
3,400
Total
10,400
Notes
1) Age is reported as at 31st August of the academic year.
2) There are fewer than 50 learners who were reported as starting in 2012/13 who have been included in the figures for 2013/14.
3) Please see the general footnotes for further information on this table.
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Skills Funding Agency
Published on 29th January 2015
Statistical First Release SFA/SFR27
Table 12.1: Adult (19+) Education and Training Success Rates by Level (2009/10 to 2013/14) – Percentages
Level
2009/10
2010/11
2011/12
2012/13
2013/14
Full Year
Full Year
Full Year
Full Year
Full Year
Education and Training Provision
of which…
80.3%
81.4%
83.9%
86.8%
87.6%
English and maths
74.3%
78.6%
80.1%
83.4%
80.7%
Full Level 2
74.8%
78.5%
82.6%
85.0%
88.2%
Full Level 3
75.1%
77.7%
78.4%
79.6%
81.2%
Level 2
80.3%
80.2%
82.7%
85.5%
86.4%
Level 3
78.7%
78.8%
79.4%
81.6%
82.3%
Table 12.2: Apprenticeship Success Rates by Level and Age (2009/10 to 2013/14) – Percentages
Level
Intermediate Level Apprenticeship
Age
2011/12
2012/13
2013/14
Full Year
Full Year
Full Year
71.1%
72.2%
71.9%
69.8%
69.5%
19-24
74.6%
76.7%
74.8%
71.6%
68.7%
25+
77.5%
80.6%
71.4%
73.8%
68.3%
Total
73.4%
75.3%
72.6%
72.0%
68.8%
75.6%
78.0%
73.0%
72.9%
68.5%
Under 19
76.2%
79.0%
76.5%
75.9%
75.0%
19-24
75.4%
79.7%
77.8%
74.1%
72.1%
25+
71.5%
76.2%
75.1%
71.1%
64.9%
Total
74.8%
78.6%
76.5%
73.0%
69.1%
74.0%
78.4%
76.4%
72.3%
67.8%
Under 19
83.2%
64.4%
77.4%
66.9%
19-24
84.8%
74.4%
75.0%
76.1%
25+
84.2%
70.1%
62.4%
68.5%
Total
84.6%
72.6%
70.2%
71.3%
84.8%
73.2%
69.7%
71.7%
of which 19+
Higher Apprenticeship
2010/11
Full Year
Under 19
of which 19+
Advanced Level Apprenticeship
2009/10
Full Year
of which 19+
All Apprenticeships
Under 19
72.4%
74.0%
73.1%
71.5%
71.1%
19-24
74.9%
77.8%
75.9%
72.6%
70.1%
25+
75.1%
78.8%
72.6%
72.7%
66.7%
Total
73.8%
76.4%
73.8%
72.3%
68.9%
75.0%
78.2%
74.2%
72.6%
68.2%
of which 19+
Table 12.3: Adult (19+) Workplace Learning Success Rates by Level (2011/12 to 2013/14) – Percentages
Level
Workplace Learning
of which…
2011/12
2012/13
2013/14
Full Year
Full Year
Full Year
90.6%
89.1%
84.5%
English and
maths
Full Level 2
92.5%
90.3%
72.9%
90.9%
89.6%
89.6%
Full Level 3
86.9%
83.3%
80.1%
Notes
1) Figures for 2011/12 onwards are not directly comparable to earlier years as a Single Individualised Learner Record (ILR) data collection system has been introduced. More information on the
Single ILR is available at http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140107201041/http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/NR/rdonlyres/C05DCDD5-67EE-4AD0-88B9BEBC8F7F3300/0/SILR_Effects_SFR_Learners_June12.pdf
2) The methodology for calculating Education and Training success rates was changed in 2013/14.
3) Data for earlier years are available in the FE Data Library:
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/fe-data-library
4) Figures for English and maths (previously Skills for Life) include GCSEs, Functional Skills, Adult Basic Skills Certificates including ESOL Certificates, and Qualifications and Credit
Framework Certificates and Awards in English and maths.
5) Please see the general footnotes, Apprenticeship and Workplace Learning footnotes sections for further information on these tables.
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Table 13.1: Level of Highest Qualification Held by People aged 19-59/64 in England (Quarter 4) 1 - percentages
(REVISED 26th November 20143)
Year
All people aged
19-59/643
(thousands)
Level 4 and
above
Level 3
Level 3 and
above
Level 2
Level 2 and
above
Below Level 2
(incl no
qualifications)
2006
29,583
33.1
20.3
53.4
18.6
72.0
28.0
2007
29,774
34.3
20.8
55.1
18.4
73.5
26.5
2008
29,954
34.7
20.7
55.4
19.0
74.4
25.6
2009
30,128
36.6
20.6
57.2
19.6
76.8
23.2
2010
30,355
37.8
20.9
58.7
19.1
77.8
22.2
2011
30,509
38.3
21.1
59.5
19.2
78.7
21.3
2012
30,580
40.1
21.5
61.6
19.0
80.6
2013
30,706
40.3
2013 95% CI (+/-)
P
0.4
22.2
P
62.6
0.3
P
0.4
18.6
P
0.3
81.1
19.4
P
0.3
18.9
P
0.3
Table 13.2: Level of Highest Qualification Held by People aged 19-59/64 in England (Quarter 4) 1 - volumes (thousands)
(REVISED 26th November 20143)
Year
All people
aged
19-59/64
2006
29,583
9,783
6,014
15,797
5,500
21,296
8,286
2007
29,774
10,212
6,189
16,402
5,475
21,877
7,897
2008
29,954
10,405
6,200
16,605
5,692
22,298
7,657
2009
30,128
11,025
6,219
17,244
5,894
23,138
6,990
2010
30,355
11,483
6,331
17,814
5,803
23,618
6,738
2011
30,509
11,698
6,451
18,149
5,864
24,013
6,496
2012
30,580
12,253
6,574
18,827
5,824
24,651
2013
30,706
12,385
2013 95% CI (+/-)
Level 4 and
above
134
P
Level 3
6,822
Level 3 and
above
P
98
19,207
125
P
Level 2
5,702
94
P
Level 2 and
above
24,910
105
Below Level 2
(incl no
qualifications)
5,929
P
5,796
P
105
Notes
1) Source: Labour Force Survey.
2) Males aged 19 - 64 and females aged 19 - 59.
3) Estimates were revised in November 2014 following a reweighting of the Labour Force Survey (LFS) covering 2001 to 2013, more information is available at:
http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/guide-method/method-quality/specific/labour-market/articles-and-reports/revisions-to-labour-force-survey-estimates.pdf
P) Provisional estimate - these estimates will be finalised in March 2015.
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Table 14.1: Level Of Highest Qualification Held By Economically Active Adults In England (Quarter 4) 1 - percentages
(REVISED 26th November 20143)
Year
Economically
active adults3
(thousands)
Level 4 and
above
Level 3
Level 3 and
above
Level 2
Level 2 and
above
Below Level 2
(incl no
qualifications)
2006
24,350
35.8
21.0
56.9
19.5
76.4
23.6
2007
24,540
36.9
21.3
58.2
19.3
77.6
22.4
2008
24,839
37.1
21.2
58.3
20.0
78.3
21.7
2009
24,847
39.2
21.0
60.1
20.4
80.6
19.4
2010
24,977
40.5
21.1
61.6
20.0
81.6
18.4
2011
25,132
40.8
21.4
62.2
20.0
82.2
17.8
2012
25,504
42.5
21.7
64.2
19.7
83.9
2013
25,546
2013 95% CI (+/-)
43.2
P
0.5
22.0
P
65.2
0.4
P
0.4
19.1
P
0.3
84.3
16.1
P
0.3
15.7
P
0.3
Table 14.2: Level Of Highest Qualification Held By Economically Active Adults In England (Quarter 4) 1 - volumes (thousands)
(REVISED 26th November 20143)
Year
Economically
active adults3
Level 4 and
above
Level 3
Level 3 and
above
Level 2
Level 2 and
above
Below Level 2
(incl no
qualifications)
2006
24,350
8,727
5,126
13,853
4,741
18,594
5,756
2007
24,540
9,066
5,224
14,290
4,746
19,036
5,504
2008
24,839
9,222
5,269
14,491
4,959
19,450
5,390
2009
24,847
9,735
5,210
14,945
5,069
20,014
4,832
2010
24,977
10,103
5,279
15,382
4,994
20,376
4,600
2011
25,132
10,241
5,388
15,629
5,036
20,665
4,467
2012
25,504
10,848
5,536
16,384
5,025
21,409
2013
25,546
2013 95% CI (+/-)
11,033
125
P
5,624
P
92
16,656
113
P
4,882
89
P
21,538
89
4,095
P
4,008
P
89
Notes
1) Source: Labour Force Survey.
2) Economically active adults are defined as men aged 18 to 64 and women aged 18 to 59 either in employment or International Labour Organisation unemployed.
3) Estimates were revised in November 2014 following a reweighting of the Labour Force Survey (LFS) covering 2001 to 2013, more information is available at:
http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/guide-method/method-quality/specific/labour-market/articles-and-reports/revisions-to-labour-force-survey-estimates.pdf
P) Provisional estimate - these estimates will be finalised in March 2015.
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Table 15: Vocational Qualification Achievements in the UK by Qualification Type, 2006 (October) to 2014 (September)
Quarter
National
Vocational
Qualification
Qualifications
and Credit
Framework
Qualification
Occupational
Qualification
Vocationally
Related
Qualification
Other Vocational
Qualifications
Total
October 2006 to December 2006
121,300
7,100
-
411,400
382,600
January 2007 to March 2007
126,600
5,700
-
406,800
393,800
922,400
932,900
April 2007 to June 2007
129,600
6,000
400
507,900
678,200
1,322,100
July 2007 to September 2007
252,900
8,000
500
920,500
1,151,500
2,333,400
Total 2006/07 Academic Year
630,400
26,800
900
2,246,600
2,606,200
5,510,900
October 2007 to December 2007
128,700
4,900
1,300
408,500
423,500
966,900
January 2008 to March 2008
140,700
4,900
4,600
426,000
500,900
1,077,200
April 2008 to June 2008
170,600
6,400
8,600
643,100
755,700
1,584,400
July 2008 to September 2008
287,900
8,300
19,200
983,800
1,416,700
2,715,800
Total 2007/08 Academic Year
727,900
24,500
33,700
2,461,400
3,096,800
6,344,300
October 2008 to December 2008
164,100
5,800
16,400
416,200
474,500
1,077,000
January 2009 to March 2009
169,600
5,300
39,300
409,900
590,400
1,214,500
April 2009 to June 2009
216,400
6,300
62,000
715,900
829,300
1,830,000
July 2009 to September 2009
372,600
9,100
102,600
1,064,800
1,591,600
3,140,800
Total 2008/09 Academic Year
922,900
26,500
220,300
2,606,800
3,485,800
7,262,200
October 2009 to December 2009
212,000
6,000
85,100
414,700
457,500
1,175,300
January 2010 to March 2010
204,000
5,100
135,200
388,000
552,700
1,285,000
April 2010 to June 2010
213,500
5,700
203,000
726,100
831,100
1,979,300
July 2010 to September 2010
349,500
6,400
353,700
1,078,700
1,727,400
3,515,700
Total 2009/10 Academic Year
October 2010 to December 2010
979,000
23,200
777,000
2,607,500
3,568,600
7,955,300
179,600
6,200
274,800
285,700
422,900
1,169,300
January 2011 to March 2011
155,300
4,100
454,400
166,300
486,500
1,266,600
April 2011 to June 2011
128,600
3,600
722,300
385,700
670,900
1,911,100
July 2011 to September 2011
124,300
3,600
1,384,700
561,800
1,473,700
3,548,000
Total 2010/11 Academic Year
587,800
17,500
2,836,200
1,399,600
3,054,000
7,895,100
October 2011 to December 2011
51,000
2,000
807,200
55,800
355,300
1,271,400
January 2012 to March 2012
31,100
1,000
821,500
51,300
479,700
1,384,500
April 2012 to June 2012
22,600
700
1,225,900
195,100
672,300
2,116,500
July 2012 to September 2012
24,200
900
2,428,700
273,700
1,285,700
4,013,200
Total 2011/12 Academic Year
128,800
4,600
5,283,400
575,800
2,793,000
8,785,600
October 2012 to December 2012
11,800
200
1,016,300
21,100
295,900
1,345,300
January 2013 to March 2013
6,700
100
985,400
22,500
406,900
1,421,700
April 2013 to June 2013
5,200
100
1,728,100
142,600
587,300
2,463,400
July 2013 to September 2013
5,100
100
2,507,400
162,200
1,283,100
3,957,900
Total 2012/13 Academic Year
28,700
600
6,237,200
348,500
2,573,300
9,188,300
October 2013 to December 2013
3,000
100
975,000
12,400
237,200
1,227,700
January 2014 to March 2014
1,900
-
1,072,600
12,900
379,600
1,467,000
April 2014 to June 2014
1,400
-
1,539,700
75,500
526,600
2,143,300
July 2014 to September 2014
1,400
-
2,298,100
78,800
1,317,900
3,696,200
Total 2013/14 Academic Year
7,800
100
5,885,300
179,700
2,461,300
8,534,200
Notes
1) This table covers all levels of vocational qualifications reported through Ofqual. Data are supplied by awarding organisations.
2) For data relating to Vocational Qualifications, the Academic year runs from October to September. For example, the 2006/07 academic year runs from
October 2006 to September 2007.
3) The data in this table has been subjected to revisions.
4) Please see general footnotes and Vocational Qualifications footnotes section for further information on these tables.
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Table 16: Adult (19+) FE and Skills Participation by Level (2014/15 – in-year estimates) – Learner Volumes
Funded Learners
2014/15
August to
October
(provisional)
Level
Participation
Total Learners
of which…
1,396,100
Below Level 2 (excluding English and maths)
243,200
English and maths
551,600
Full Level 2
422,200
Full Level 3
308,300
Level 2
560,800
Level 3
325,500
Level 4+
24,300
No Level Assigned
239,600
Table 17: Adult (19+) FE and Skills – English and Maths Participation by Level (2014/15 – in-year estimates) – Learner Volumes
Funded Learners
2014/15
August to
October
(provisional)
Level
Participation
Total Learners
551,600
of which English
402,600
of which entry level
55,000
of which level 1
169,700
of which level 2
182,100
of which maths
372,500
of which entry level
36,200
of which level 1
164,500
of which level 2
176,800
of which ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
of which entry level
72,400
60,000
of which level 1
9,400
of which level 2
3,700
Table 18: Adult (18+) FE and Skills - Offender Learning Participation by Level (2014/15 – in-year estimates) – Learner Volumes
Funded Learners
2014/15
Level
Participation
Total Offender Learners
of which…
August to
October
(provisional)
50,800
Below Level 2 (excluding English and maths)
30,300
English and maths
15,000
Full Level 2
Full Level 3
7,900
-
Level 2
17,500
Level 3
200
Level 4+
No Level Assigned
20,800
Notes
1) These tables include Apprenticeships, Workplace Learning, Community Learning and Education and Training provision taken at General Further Education Colleges (including Tertiary), Sixth Form Colleges, Special Colleges (Agricultural and Horticultural Colleges and Art and Design Colleges), Specialist Colleges and External Institutions.
2) These tables show in-year estimates for 2014/15. Tables 1, 3 and 7 show full year volumes for previous years. It is not possible to directly compare provisional 2014/15 estimates with figures for previous years.
3) Figures for English and maths (previously Skills for Life) include GCSEs, Functional Skills, Adult Basic Skills Certificates including ESOL Certificates, and Qualifications and Credit Framework Certificates and Awards in English and maths.
4) Provisional in-year data for 2014/15 show 173,500 learners benefited from support for the unemployed (those nearest the workforce), 170,700 of which were aged 19+. These are defined as those learners reporting that they were in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance - Work Related Activity Group (ESA WRAG), Jobseeker's
Allowance (JSA) or Universal Credit (if unemployed and looking for work).
5) An offender learner may be counted more than once in table 18 if they participated in learning at different institutions during 2014/15.
6) Table 18 includes 7,300 learners who were enrolled on OLASS education assessments in English and/or maths.
7) Please see the general footnotes section for further information on these tables.
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Table 19: All Age Apprenticeship Participation by Level and Age (2014/15 – in-year estimates) – Learner Volumes
Funded Apprentices
2014/15
Age
Intermediate Level Apprenticeship
Under 19
122,300
25+
121,900
Total
330,500
Under 19
19-24
25+
Total
of which 19+
Higher Apprenticeship
Under 19
19-24
25+
Total
of which 19+
All Apprenticeships
86,300
19-24
of which 19+
Advanced Level Apprenticeship
August to
October
(provisional)
244,200
39,800
104,800
89,000
233,600
193,800
600
5,100
9,700
15,400
14,800
Under 19
124,500
19-24
229,300
25+
219,900
Total
573,700
of which 19+
449,200
Notes
1) This table shows in-year estimates for 2014/15. Apprenticeship participation for earlier years are available in Table 5 of this release. It
is not possible to directly compare provisional 2014/15 estimates with figures for previous years.
2) Learners participating on Trailblazers are included within the total apprenticeship figures. We will report on Trailblazers as a separate
category as soon as we have a reliable estimate of numbers from the ILR.
3) 'All Apprenticeships' counts each Apprenticeship learner only once regardless of how many Apprenticeship programmes they
participated in. Each learner is also counted in the totals for each Apprenticeship level they participated in.
4) Figures for 2014/15 include Apprenticeships through the Employer Ownership Pilot.
5) Please see the general footnotes and the Apprenticeships footnotes section for further information on this table.
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Table 20.1: All Age Apprenticeship Programme Starts by Level and Age (2014/15 – in-year estimates)
2014/15
Age
Intermediate Level Apprenticeship
Under 19
34,800
19-24
26,400
25+
24,900
Total
86,100
of which 19+
Advanced Level Apprenticeship
18,700
19-24
20,200
25+
18,300
Total
57,200
38,500
Under 19
500
19-24
1,200
25+
2,300
Total
4,000
of which 19+
All Apprenticeships
51,300
Under 19
of which 19+
Higher Apprenticeship
Quarter 1
August to
October
(provisional)
3,500
Under 19
54,100
19-24
47,900
25+
Total
of which 19+
45,500
147,500
93,500
Table 20.2: All Age Apprenticeship Framework Achievements by Level and Age (2014/15 – in-year estimates)
2014/15
Age
Intermediate Level Apprenticeship
Under 19
12,700
19-24
11,000
25+
10,800
Total
34,500
of which 19+
Advanced Level Apprenticeship
21,800
Under 19
4,800
19-24
7,800
25+
Total
of which 19+
Higher Apprenticeship
Quarter 1
August to
October
(provisional)
8,400
21,000
16,200
Under 19
100
19-24
300
25+
400
Total
700
of which 19+
All Apprenticeships
700
Under 19
17,600
19-24
19,100
25+
19,600
Total
56,200
of which 19+
38,700
Notes
1) This table shows in-year estimates for 2014/15. Apprenticeship starts and achievements figures for earlier years are available in Table 6 of this release. It is not possible to directly compare provisional 2014/15 estimates with figures for previous years.
2) Trailblazer starts are included within the total apprenticeship figures. We will report on Trailblazers as a separate category as soon as we have a reliable estimate of numbers from the ILR.
3) Figures for 2014/15 include Apprenticeships through the Employer Ownership Pilot.
4) Please see the general footnotes and the Apprenticeships footnotes section for further information on these tables.
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Table 21.1: Starts on the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers Scheme (AGE 16 to 24) - Pipeline Starts Payments Made (February 2012 to October 2014)
Age
Intermediate Level Apprenticeship
Advanced Level Apprenticeship
Higher Apprenticeship
2014/15
Programme to Date
August to October
(provisional)
February 2012 to October
2014
(provisional)
Payments
Made
Pipeline
Starts
Under 19
200
12,600
50,900
19-24
100
4,800
27,900
4,800
Total
300
17,400
78,800
17,400
Under 19
100
4,300
15,100
4,300
19-24
100
2,600
12,400
2,600
Total
100
6,900
27,500
6,900
Under 19
-
-
100
-
19-24
-
100
300
100
Total
All Apprenticeships
Payments
Made
Pipeline
Starts
12,600
-
100
400
100
Under 19
300
16,900
66,100
16,900
19-24
Total
100
400
7,400
24,300
40,600
106,700
7,400
24,300
Notes
1) AGE 16 to 24 was launched in February 2012. Payments are drawn down once the new Apprentice has been in post for 13 weeks, therefore Apprenticeships starting after 1 August 2014 are not included in the Payments Made column because they had
not yet triggered a payment.
2) Pipeline Starts show those starting between August 2014 and October 2014 who have not yet qualified for a payment, but the payment would be made once the Apprentice has been in post for 13 weeks.
3) AGE 16 to 24 starts are defined through the Learning Delivery Funding and Monitoring Codes with values of 132 or 133 as per the ILR specification
(http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140108104635/http://www.theia.org.uk/ilr/ilrdocuments/201112_ilrdetail.htm). These are validated by the Skills Funding Agency.
4) Starts in this table include learners aged 19-24 on application but aged 25 when learning started.
5) Starts in this table will also be counted in the main Apprenticeship tables.
6) Please see the general footnotes and the Apprenticeships footnotes section for further information on these tables.
Table 21.2: Starts on the Access to Apprenticeship Pathway (2011/12 to 2013/14)
Age
All starts on the Access to Apprenticeship pathway
of which
have converted to paid employment to
complete their Apprenticeship in any year
have not yet converted to paid employment
to complete their Apprenticeship in any
year
2011/12
2012/13
2013/14
Full Year
Full Year
Full Year
Under 19
5,700
3,900
19-24
1,600
1,600
1,200
500
Total
7,200
5,500
1,700
Under 19
800
2,400
1,400
19-24
700
500
300
Total
3,000
1,900
1,100
Under 19
3,300
2,500
500
19-24
900
1,100
200
Total
4,200
3,600
600
Notes
1) People starting training under the Access to Apprenticeship pathway are not counted as an Apprentice until they secure paid employment to complete their Apprenticeship in the usual way.
2) The year indicates when the learner started on the Access to Apprenticeship pathway. Conversion to paid employment to complete an Apprenticeship does not necessarily occur in the same year as the learner started the Access to Apprenticeship
pathway.
3) People shown in this table as having converted to paid employment to complete their Apprenticeship in the same year as they started on the Access to Apprenticeship pathway will also be counted as starts in the main Apprenticeship tables. People
who convert to paid employment in subsequent years will be counted as participating Apprenticeship learners. This table includes conversions made in 2014/15 for learners who started in earlier years.
4) The Access to Apprenticeship pathway closed to new starts at the end of December 2013. This table includes some learners with a start date after December 2013 due to invalid data.
5) Please see the general footnotes and the Apprenticeships footnotes section for further information on these tables.
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Skills Funding Agency
Statistical First Release SFA/SFR27
Table 22.1: Workplace Learning Starts by Level (2014/15 – in-year estimates)
Published on 29th January 2015
2014/15
August to
October
(provisional)
Total Starts
of which…
11,900
Below Level 2
1,800
Level 2
9,700
Level 3
500
Level 4+
-
No Level Assigned
Below Level 2 (excluding English and maths)
100
English and maths
3,400
Full Level 2
7,400
Full Level 3
300
Table 22.2: Workplace Learning Achievements by Level (2014/15 – in-year estimates)
2014/15
August to
October
(provisional)
Total Achievements
of which…
9,900
Below Level 2
1,200
Level 2
8,100
Level 3
500
Level 4+
No Level Assigned
Below Level 2 (excluding English and maths)
100
English and maths
2,300
Full Level 2
6,500
Full Level 3
400
Notes
1) These tables show in-year estimates for 2014/15. Figures for earlier years are available in Table 8 of this release. It is not possible to directly compare provisional
2014/15 estimates with figures for previous years.
2) English and maths starts and achievements can be at Level 2 or Below Level 2.
3) These tables include some learners aged under 19 who are eligible for funding on certain Workplace Learning programmes.
4) Figures for English and maths (previously Skills for Life) include GCSEs, Functional Skills, Adult Basic Skills Certificates including ESOL Certificates, and
Qualifications and Credit Framework Certificates and Awards in English and maths.
5) Please see the general footnotes and the Workplace Learning footnotes section for further information on these tables.
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Skills Funding Agency
Statistical First Release SFA/SFR27
Published on 29th January 2015
Table 23: Community Learning Participation by Type (2014/15 – in-year estimates) – Learner Volumes
Funded Learners
Provision Type
2014/15
August to
October
(provisional)
Total Learners
Participation
of which Personal and Community Development Learning
219,400
182,300
of which Neighbourhood Learning in Deprived Communities
11,600
of which Family English, Maths and Language
10,900
of which Wider Family Learning
16,800
Notes
1) This table shows in-year estimates for 2014/15. Community Learning participation and achievement figures for earlier years are available
in Table 9 of this release. It is not possible to directly compare provisional 2014/15 estimates with figures for previous years.
2) Please see the general footnotes and the Community Learning footnotes sections for further information on this table.
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Published on 29th January 2015
Skills Funding Agency
Statistical First Release SFA/SFR27
Table 24: Employer Ownership Pilot Starts (2012/13 to 2013/14)
Starts
Provision
Apprenticeships
Age
SASE Compliant
Non-QCF Training
August 2012 to
July 2014
700
800
600
1,100
600
1,500
2,100
1,200
2,800
4,000
Under 19
-
100
100
19-24
-
100
100
25+
-
100
100
Total
-
300
300
Under 19
200
700
900
19-24
400
700
1,200
600
1,600
2,200
1,200
3,100
4,300
-
200
300
19-24
100
600
700
25+
300
2,600
2,900
Total
400
3,400
3,800
Under 19
200
1,900
2,100
19-24
1,000
4,200
5,200
25+
4,300
17,900
22,200
5,500
24,000
29,500
200
2,100
2,400
19-24
1,100
4,800
5,900
25+
4,600
20,500
25,100
Total
5,900
27,400
33,300
400
2,900
3,300
19-24
1,500
5,500
7,000
25+
5,200
22,100
27,300
Total
7,200
30,500
37,600
Under 19
Total
All Workplace Learning Under 19
All Employer Ownership Pilot Starts
Full Year
400
Total
QCF Training
Full Year
200
25+
Workplace Learning
Programme to Date
19-24
Total
All Apprenticeships
2013/14
Under 19
25+
Non-SASE Compliant
2012/13
Under 19
Notes
1) Starts in this table will also be counted in the main Apprenticeship tables and Workplace Learning tables, as well as in FE and Skills participation figures.
2) The data sources for this table are Employer Ownership Pilots 1 and 2.
3) Data for Employer Ownership Pilot starts in 2014/15 cannot yet be reliably estimated and are excluded from this table. We will report on starts in 2014/15 as soon as we have a reliable estimate
of numbers from the data collection.
4) SASE Compliant Apprenticeships are frameworks that conform to the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE). Non-SASE Compliant Apprenticeships are employer defined
programmes.
5) QCF Training is learners starting aims that are accredited under the Qualifications and Credit Framework.
6) Please see the general footnotes for further information on this table.
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Skills Funding Agency
Statistical First Release SFA/SFR27
Published on 29th January 2015
Table 25: 24+ FE and Skills – Participation with 24+ Advanced Learning Loans (Level 3+) (2014/15 – in-year estimates) – Learner Volumes
Funded Learners
2014/15
August to
October
(provisional)
Participation with 24+
Advanced Learning Loans
Total Learners
51,700
of which Level 3
48,400
of which Level 4+
3,400
Notes
1) This table includes Education and Training provision taken at General Further Education Colleges (including
Tertiary), Sixth Form Colleges, Special Colleges (Agricultural and Horticultural Colleges and Art and Design
Colleges), Specialist Colleges and External Institutions.
2) Please see the general footnotes for further information on this table.
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Skills Funding Agency
Statistical First Release SFA/SFR27
Published on 29th January 2015
Table 26: Traineeship Starts by Age (2014/15 – in-year estimates)
Age
2014/15
August to
October
(provisional)
Total Traineeships
Under 19
3,500
19-24
1,500
Total
5,000
Notes
1) Age is reported as at 31st August of the academic year.
2) Please see the general footnotes for further information on this table.
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