Date lodged: 14 December 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how many (a) foundation, (b) modern and (c) graduate-level apprenticeships were started in each month since April 2016.
Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 9 January 2018
(a) Foundation Apprenticeships Accurate statistical reporting on Foundation Apprenticeship starts is currently provided by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) on an annual basis in November each year. This timescale aligns with the contractual milestones for Foundation Apprenticeship delivery lead partners to enter all required information and evidence into the SDS Management information system for Foundation Apprenticeship starts (by end of Septembers 2017), and for the required internal SDS governance process for checking the quality and accuracy of this information prior to reporting externally.
The annual FA start information is:
2016 – 346 starts
2017 – 1,218 starts
(b) Modern Apprenticeships
Skills Development Scotland publish Modern Apprenticeship performance on a quarterly basis. Quarterly figures for 2016-17 and Quarters 1 and 2 of 2017-18 are provided in the following table.
Modern Apprenticeship starts
(c) Graduate Level Apprenticeships
The majority of Graduate Level Apprenticeship starts are in September 2017 in line with the start of the academic year, so figures are not provided on a monthly basis.
Since the introduction of Graduate Level Apprenticeships there has been a total of 295 Graduate Level Apprenticeship starts up to 30-9-17. This includes 14 starts in the UHI pathfinder in January 2016 and a further 281 starts in Phase One of the programme which includes:
7 starts for University of the Highlands & Islands in September 2016.
6 starts for Glasgow Caledonian University in January 2017.
17 starts for Glasgow Kelvin College in August 2017.
27 starts for Edinburgh Napier University in September 2017.
23 starts for Heriot Watt University in September 2017.
29 starts for Robert Gordon University in September 2017.
31 starts for University of Dundee in September 2017.
11 starts for University of the Highlands and Islands in September 2017.
21 starts for University of the West of Scotland in September 2017.
74 starts for Glasgow Caledonian University in September 2017.
35 starts for University of Strathclyde in September 2017.