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


Apprenticeship programmes for employers continue to be a priority for the college. The number of apprentices has however been impacted by Coronavirus. Many of our employers are not recruiting new apprentices currently and some existing apprentices have unfortunately lost their jobs. With the support of the West Midlands Combined Authority, we are able to offer training to redundant apprentices through the Adult Education Budget so that we can support them to return to work. We continue to support our employers remotely and will work with them to reintroduce apprenticeship programmes once they have recovered from the current pandemic. Many young people who would have taken up apprenticeship positions have instead joined full time programmes at the College and we will support them to transfer to an apprenticeship as and when roles become available.

Apprenticeships and Work Based Learning - Enrolments (2018-19 Year-End)

Engagement and Participation Rates

Apprentice engagement and trend analysis

Line graph showing apprentice engagement 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 continuation of very high numbers of 16-18 apprentices achieved in 2016/17 has been maintained through to 2018/19. This is in spite of the decline in recruitment of this age group national and locally since the reform to Apprenticeships in May 17. This provision is supported by effective engagement with local employers and dedicated Apprenticeship placement services offered by the College’s Employment Hub and Business Development Team.

We are also pleased to see the number of adult Apprenticeships continue to increase as more employers use Apprenticeship training to upskill their workforce, again an impact on the reform. The number of adult apprentices grew to 2,797 in 2018/19. In total, some 4,191 individuals undertook Apprenticeship training in 2018/19. We are pleased to be the provider of choice for many employers looking to develop staff through Apprenticeship programmes.

Apprentice Provision

Heatmap showing travel to learn pattern for learners on apprenticeships

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 focused 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. Our high quality Apprenticeship programmes have helped employers to recruit new staff and provide workforce development training to up-skill and reskill their existing staff. Whilst we work predominantly with employers across the West Midlands region, we also work with national employers to deliver tailored Apprenticeships across a number of specialist sectors, to include offering a balance of classroom and workplace learning to employers such as Veolia, Worcester Bosch, Tesco, OCS, Amazon and Modality Partnership and Midway Care Group. All of our national programmes are delivered through our flexible Apprenticeship team at Dudley College of Technology.