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Apprentice Enrolments


Apprenticeships and Work Based Learning - Enrolments (Updated In-Year)

Apprenticeship programmes for employers continue to be a priority for the college and numbers across our provision remain high. Changes to apprenticeship programmes and funding have resulted in a national fall in people taking up apprenticeships this academic year. However we are pleased to report that this is not the case for the college, with numbers being similar to the previous year and continuing to grow. Our engineering and construction programmes in particular continue to go from strength to strength, boosted by our new facilities in Dudley Advance II and the Construction Apprenticeship Training Centre. It is interesting to note the shift in adult recruitment, with more employers choosing to use apprenticeship training as a vehicle to train adult employees as opposed to 16-18.

Apprenticeships and Work Based Learning - Enrolments (2016-17 Year-End)

Engagement and Participation Rates

Apprentice engagement and trend analysis

As part of the college’s continued focus on the development of Apprenticeship provision for young people, we are pleased to see the very high numbers of aged 16-18 apprentices achieved in 2015/16 has been maintained in 2016/17. This provision is supported by effective engagement with local employers and dedicated Apprenticeship placement services offered by the college’s Employment Hub.

We are also pleased to see the number of adult Apprenticeships continue to increase as more employers use Apprenticeship training to upskill their workforce. The number of adult apprentices grew to 2,414 in 2016/17. In total, some 3,927 individuals undertook Apprenticeship training in 2016/17, our highest number in the last six years. We are pleased to be the provider of choice for many employers looking to develop staff through Apprenticeship programmes.

Apprentice Provision

The heat map shows the locations where our Apprenticeship learners reside. The huge majority of the college’s Apprenticeship provision is based locally, with most 16-18 apprentices following a day release programme. Adult Apprenticeships are often based locally, but there are pockets of focussed activity in other regions due to specific initiatives with key partner employers or sub-contractors. This includes delivery of bespoke Apprenticeship programmes on employer premises. The map also shows activity nationally due to the provision delivered through Sports Park. The Sporting Excellence programmes are delivered nationally through a network of assessors coordinated from Loughborough.