Youth Training and Level 3 Apprenticeship Pilot Activity Statistical Bulletins published

Date published: 10 May 2018

The Department for the Economy has today published two statistical bulletins- Youth Training Pilot Activity and Level 3 Apprenticeship Pilot Activity.

Youth Training Pilot Activity

This official statistics release presents a range of analysis regarding enrolments during the pilot phase of the Youth Training programme. This covers provision across the academic years 2015/16 to 2016/17 delivered in the Northern Ireland Further Education (FE) Sector. The statistics presented in this bulletin cover the characteristics of those enrolling in FE colleges along with analysis of performance in terms of achievements.

Key points

Key points include:

  • Since the commencement of the pilot phase of the Youth Training (YT) programme, covering 2015/16 and 2016/17, there have been a total of 2,958 enrolments (779 individuals) in the scheme across the six Further Education (FE) colleges.
  • Over the two year pilot phase (2015/16 and 2016/17), the majority (94.1%) of participants were aged ‘16 to 19’.
  • Over the two year YT pilot phase the majority of individuals enrolled on an YT programme were male (62.6%).
  • YT enrolments in 2015/16 and 2016/17 had two possible pathways: ‘Employed’ and ‘non-employed’. The ‘non-employed’ pathway had the majority of YT provision with 904 (96.5%) YT pilot enrolments in 2015/16 and 1,956 (96.8%) in 2016/17.
  • In 2015/16 enrolments identified as Broad STEM accounted for 26.1% of all YT pilot enrolments, while in 2016/17 this was 29.9%.
  • Retention rate decreased by 1.3 percentage points (pp) for all YT pilot enrolments from 83.7% in 2015/16 to 82.4% in 2016/17.
  • The overall success rate in 2015/16 was 69.4% but decreased to 59.2% in 2016/17.

Level 3 Apprenticeship pilot activity

This official statistics release presents a range of analysis regarding enrolments during the pilot phase of the Level 3 Apprenticeship programme. This covers provision across the academic years 2015/16 to 2016/17 delivered in the Northern Ireland Further Education (FE) Sector. The statistics presented in this bulletin cover the characteristics of those enrolling in FE colleges along with analysis of performance in terms of achievements.

Key points

Key points include:

  • Since the commencement of the pilot phase of the Level 3 Apprenticeship programme, covering 2015/16 and 2016/17, there have been a total of 212 enrolments (121 individuals) in the scheme across the six Further Education (FE) colleges.
  • Over the two year pilot phase (2015/16 and 2016/17), the majority (84.3%) of participants were aged ‘16 to 24’.
  • Over the two year Apprenticeship pilot phase the majority of individuals enrolled on an Apprenticeship programme were female (51.2%).
  • In 2015/16 enrolments identified as Broad STEM accounted for nearly all (97.8%) of Apprenticeship provision, while this was around two-thirds (66.9%) in 2016/17.
  • There is no performance information available in 2015/16 due to the length of the course untaken i.e. 2 years.
  • In 2016/17, all final year enrolments completed their course resulting in a retention rate of 100.0%.
  • The overall success rate in 2016/17 was 100.0%.

These full statistical bulletins and other information is available to download on the DfE website.

 

Notes to editors: 

  1. The statistics presented in these bulletins are based on data collected by the FE Colleges and submitted to the Department through an electronic data return called the Consolidated Data return (CDR).
  2. Each academic year period is defined by each FE College and traditionally starts in August and finishes in July the following year.
  3. Further notes and technical details are available in the bulletin on the Department’s website.
  4. For further information, please contact the please contact the Department for the Economy Press Office on 028 9052 9604 or pressoffice@economy-ni.gov.uk. Outside office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07623 974383 and your call will be returned. Follow the Department of Economy on Twitter @Economy_NI

 

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