Academic Year 2019/20 Apprenticeships and traineeships data

The following data has been produced by the Government and uses the final data return on apprenticeships and traineeships in England for the 2019/20 academic year (August 2019 to July 2020).

Impact of COVID-19 on reporting of FE and apprenticeship data

The 2019/20 data covers the period affected by COVID-19 and the nationwide lockdown (i.e. from March 2020 onwards), which will have impacted on apprenticeship and traineeship learning and also provider reporting behaviour via the Individualised Learner Record. Therefore, extra care should be taken in comparing and interpreting data presented in this release.

Headline facts and figures – 2019/20




All achievements are provisional at this stage. Of learners we expected to complete in 2019/20, we estimate that 54,500 (23.3%) apprenticeships and 55,200 (3.8%) adult (19+) learners undertaking education and training provision have been identified as having an unknown outcome at this stage. Please see ‘About these statistics’.

Final figures for 2019/20 show:

  • Since May 2015 there have been 2,211,200 apprenticeship starts and since May 2010 this total stands at 4,588,800
  • Higher apprenticeships accounted for over a quarter of starts (25.6% or 82,500 starts) while Intermediate and Advanced apprenticeships accounted for 74.4% of starts (240,100)
  • Under 19s accounted for 23.6% of starts; 19-24s for 29.5% and those aged 25+ made up 46.8%
  • Apprenticeship standards made up nearly three-quarters of starts (240,700)
  • Starts supported by Apprenticeship Service Account levy funds accounted for 64.9% (209,300) – please see ‘About these statistics’ for more information about ASA levy funds
  • An average of 1.7% of employees started an apprenticeship in public sector organisations between April 2017 and March 2020.
  • During the period since the start of lockdown (23 March to 31 July 2020), there were 60,860 starts – a 45.5% drop compared to the same period in 2018/19. Of these starts:
    • Learners aged 25 and over accounted for 61.6% (54.5% in the previous year).
    • Intermediate apprenticeships accounted for 25.6% (36.1% in the previous year).
    • Higher apprenticeships accounted for 31.4% (17.7% in the previous year).

For further information visit the Government website