On 11 January 2022, the Government responded to a written question on the take-up of degree apprenticeships
The written question, asked by Matt Western Member of Parliament for Warwick and Leamington, enquired into the Government’s assessment on the take-up of degree apprenticeships since their introduction.
The Government response acknowledged that apprenticeships are an important part of our education and skills system, and the take up so far is encouraging.
Alex Burghart, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education, stated that there was a 74.4% growth in 2020/21 compared to 2018/19 in the take up of apprenticeships at levels 6-7.
See the Government’s full response below:
Question for Department for Education
11 January 2022
Matt Western: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made on the take-up of degree apprenticeships since their introduction.
Alex Burghart: Apprenticeships at levels 6 and 7, including degree apprenticeships, are an important and growing part of our education and skills system and we are encouraged by the take-up so far. We have seen year on year growth since their inception, and in the last academic year there were 58,760 starts on apprenticeships at levels 6-7, 74.4% growth in 2020/21 compared to 2018/19.
There are now over 150 industry-designed apprenticeship standards available at levels 6 and 7, of which over 100 of these include a degree. As these are jobs with training, they directly address skills shortages for employers. They are available in a wide range of sectors such as Aerospace, Automotive, Digital, Engineering, Financial, Health, Leadership, Legal, Manufacturing, Nuclear and Protective Services.
Whilst we have seen positive growth of degree apprenticeships, we would like to see even more. Higher and degree apprenticeships support productivity, social mobility and widening participation in higher education and employment.
We continue to encourage more employers to consider using these apprenticeships to meet the skills needs of their industries. Education providers, including universities, have a vital role to play in working with employers to offer these apprenticeships wherever there is employer demand.
The attached file contains the number of apprenticeships starts at level 6 and 7, along with a further breakdown of those apprenticeships with a mandatory degree component since the first starts were recorded in the 2014/15 academic year.