Data analysis

One million fewer adult learners over the last ten years

One million adult education and training places have been lost in the ten years from 2005-6 to 2015-6 with total numbers outside apprenticeships falling from 2.7 million to 1.6 million. Over the same period the numbers on apprenticeships have risen by half a million from 0.2 million to 0.7 million but the population in England has risen by 4 milllion (8%) from 53 million to 57 million.

The sources of four of the statistics in this table are official DFE statistics but the comparison is not precise because there have been changes in the way that the data has been collected and presented. Government statisticians note and explain these differences in each release but do not provide estimates to compensate. Our estimate (which is explained in the spreadsheet under the title of this paragraph) fills a knowledge gap by presenting an approximate long term trend.

Apprenticeship numbers for 2014-15 by lead provider and sub-contractor (where relevant), June 2016

AELP made a Freedom of Information request to the Skills Funding Agency asking for information on apprenticeship numbers by provider and sub-contractor (where relevant) so that they could make a case about the quantity of apprentices in different categories of training providers. The data they obtained and have published provides an insight into the location of current apprenticeship activity. This will change significantly in the next few years as a result of  apprenticeship levy, standards and other reforms.

Data on school Year 11 to Year 14 numbers for 2014-15 academic year analysed by AoC, January 2016

This is a large spreadsheet extracted from the even larger spreadsheet published by DfE as part its statistical release on schools SFR16/2015