Figures show drastic decrease in short term apprenticeships

New figures from the Skills Funding Agency have revealed that the number of short term apprenticeships has fallen significantly. This news follows concerns that apprenticeships lasting less than a year lack quality.

According to FE Week, the number of apprenticeship starts fell from 224,000 to 28,000 from 2011/12 to 2012/13.

A spokesperson from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), said: β€œIt is our priority to ensure that apprenticeships are of sufficient duration to deliver the high quality training apprentices and businesses need. Although this is provisional data, it is good news that the proportion of short apprenticeships has fallen dramatically.

Under the current rules there will always be a small number of apprenticeships lasting less than a year, because we allow some flexibility for adult apprentices who have relevant prior learning.”