Apprenticeship numbers

MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


You have set a target to reach 250,000 apprenticeship starts in London by 2016 but how are you ensuring that apprenticeships in London are of a high standard and lead to full-time employment? Do you focus on quantity over quality when it comes to apprenticeships?


Answer for Apprenticeship numbers

Answer for Apprenticeship numbers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In 2013 the Government announced policy changes to improve the quality of Apprenticeships based on the recommendations of the Richard Review, which I support. One of the strategic aims of the ESIF strategy is to improve long-term employment prospects for Londoners in a number of ways. The 2014 Apprenticeship Learner Evaluation for London revealed that when asked about the benefits learners have directly gained as a result of their Apprenticeship, 85% of apprentices in London said it had given them skills and knowledge for a range of jobs and industries and nearly nine in ten (87%) said they had better skills and knowledge related to their current or desired area of work. Other beneficial impacts included perceived improvements in career prospects (84%) and ability to do their job (83%). Most importantly, the majority (81%) of those who had completed their Apprenticeship were still either in full-time or part-time work.

In addition, as part of the LEP's Growth Deal, a single and integrated Apprenticeship offer for London is being negotiated. This includes Government commitment to work directly with the London Enterprise Panel to determine how this additional data can support decision making and which data, in what form and at what level of specificity is required to enable this to happen.