London apprenticeships completions

MQT on 2016-03-16
Session date: 
March 16, 2016
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In its "Infrastructure for London Manifesto" the Institute of Civil Engineers reports that of the 40,050 apprenticeships started in London in 2014, only 52% were completed; a far lower proportion than other parts of the Country. What is the reason for this disparity?


Answer for London apprenticeships completions

Answer for London apprenticeships completions

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Apprenticeships now take a minimum of one year to complete; with higher and advanced level apprenticeships typically taking between two to three years.   Therefore it is misleading to compare the percentage of apprenticeship completions against the number of apprenticeship starts over a one year period as many of those that started apprenticeships in 2014 may not complete until 2016 /2017. 

London's apprenticeship success rates (defined by the Skills Funding Agency as the percentage of apprenticeship frameworks achieved against the overall number that have finished) are lower than the rest of the country. This may be due in part to the number of job opportunities available in the capital; learners may therefore choose to discontinue their apprenticeship in favour of a job with higher remuneration.

Nevertheless, the next Mayor must continue investment in apprenticeships alongside a review of the London skills gap.