Apprenticeship levels

MQT on 2016-02-22
Session date: 
February 22, 2016
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


On average, 6 in 10 apprenticeships started in London are at the lowest Intermediate level, equivalent to five A*-C GCSEs. London requires a higher skill set that the apprenticeships in London are currently providing. What action are you taking to ensure London's young people are being trained to the high level that London needs? Can you tell me how many apprentices progress from lower level apprenticeships to higher levels in London?


Answer for Apprenticeship levels

Answer for Apprenticeship levels

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I consider that given London's higher skills requirements, it is important to continue to encourage higher level Apprenticeships and I am pleased that the number of higher level Apprenticeships in London has steadily increased over my term in office.  GLA initiatives that have contributed to this increase include; 

In 2014/15, GLA Officers engaged with Higher Education Institutions,   Further Education Institutions and independent training providers delivering Higher Apprenticeships to identify the demand for higher apprenticeships in key sectors.   As a result of this engagement, the GLA were able to successfully build a case for additional SFA funding to support Higher Apprenticeship provision in London.

Furthermore, all GLA Apprenticeship marketing activity undertaking during my term in office has strived to raise awareness of the benefits of higher level apprenticeships.

Data on the number of apprentices progressing from lower level to higher level apprenticeships is not available to the GLA.  I would suggest that you contact BIS / Skills Funding Agency directly to secure this information.