60% fall in apprenticeship starts in May

DfE data released yesterday shows a 60% year-on-year drop in apprenticeship starts for the month of May, with 22,300 starts in May 2019 dropping to 9,000 in 2020. Young people appear to be the hardest hit as starts for those aged 16 to 18 plunged by 79 per cent, and starts on level 2 apprenticeships by 74%. The data also shows that starts have continued to fall by around half since lockdown started in March.

DfE’s statisticians note that final data will not become available until later in the year, and say that “at this point it is unclear what the true number of starts in the affected period was or if the level of reporting at this point in the year has been affected by the lockdown”.

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