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Apprenticeship starts and achievements, 2002/03- 2011/12 by age and level

This graphic charts the growth in apprenticeship starts and achievements by age group and level between 2002/03 and 2012/13. The size of the bubbles represents start levels in 2011/12.

The data highlight some important developments in our apprenticeship system including:

  • Recent growth in apprenticeship starts and achievements has been driven by those in the 25+ age group
  • Most growth in apprenticeships has been for those at the intermediate level. This is the lowest level of apprenticeship and is roughly equivalent to five A*-C GCSEs. It involves work towards qualifications such as a Level 2 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and related knowledge-based qualifications.
  • Numbers taking higher level apprenticeships remain very low. This is the case for all age groups. At this level apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications e.g. Level 4 Competence Qualification and Functional Skills. In some cases this level of apprenticeship can lead onto a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation Degree.