Apprenticeships and Work Based Learners - Achievement (2018-19 Year-End)
Outcomes for Learners
Overall achievement rate - all apprenticeships
Achievement rates for Apprenticeship learners has fallen this year, although it remains overall above national rate. The methodology for achievement rate calculations has changed over these years, which makes comparison with national rates and college performance difficult, but this clearly shows a dip in performance. Overall achievement rate now stands at 69.0%, compared to national rate of 67.3%. This drop is mostly influenced by retention of intermediate Apprenticeship programmes, with higher than normal numbers of learners leaving their employment or failing to complete End Point Assessment. The college has therefore invested significant resource into improved monitoring tools to track Apprenticeship progress and keep employers better informed. Full adoption of these systems and driving achievement rates back up is the primary focus for 2019/20.
Timely achievement rate - all apprenticeships
Timely achievement rates in 2017/18 have also dropped significantly and are now reporting below national rate for the first time. The single biggest contributor to this has been issues with timely completion of End Point Assessments through EPA providers, but poor monitoring of learner progress in some off-site programmes was also a factor. Timely achievement remains a priority for the College as we continue to develop our monitoring and intervention activity with employers to ensure their apprentices are able to complete in the agreed time frames.
The college is continuing to grow the number of learners completing higher Apprenticeships. There were 110 learners studying higher programmes in 2016/17 and this has grown to 350 in 2018/19. Boosting higher Apprenticeship numbers by supporting progression from advanced Apprenticeships remains a strategic priority for the College and is of course linked to the Institute of Technology development.
Age group overall achievement
Analysis by age groups shows performance that remains high and well above national rates, with the exception of adults that has dropped below national rates for the first time. It confirms that it is low level adult provision that is based off-site (as opposed to day release) where retention and achievement are most challenging. The College will be reviewing its curriculum offer to identify the viability of some of this provision now that it has moved to Standards from Frameworks. With a view that we focus our new curriculum development on programmes delivered on our sites.
Aged 16-18 - all levels
Aged 19-23 - all levels
Aged 24+ - all levels