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Asked on: 07 January 2015
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Apprentices
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To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the average full course cost to the public purse was of apprenticeships at each level in the most recent academic year for which figures are available.
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Answered by: Nick Boles
Answered on: 12 January 2015

The average estimated apprenticeship programme costs to government of learners who completed (or left) in the 2013/14 academic year is shown in Table 1. Please note that this is the Government contribution only and does not include any employer contributions.

Table 1. Average estimated apprenticeship programme costs to government (2013/14)

Age group

Level

Average cost to government

16-18

Intermediate Level (L2)

£4,600

Advanced Level (L3)

£7,000

Higher Levels (L4+)

£5,000

All Levels

£5,300

19+

Intermediate Level (L2)

£1,800

Advanced Level (L3)

£2,300

Higher Levels (L4+)

£2,000

All Levels

£2,000

Notes.

1) The average apprenticeship programme costs to government have been calculated by the Skills Funding Agency from the final Individualised Learner Record data return (R14) for the 2013/14 academic year. It is based on all government-funded apprenticeship programmes that ended in the 2013/14 academic year (including both completers and early leavers)

2) The age group refers to the age of learners at start of the programme

3) The average costs to government are rounded to the nearest £100.

4) The costs of different apprenticeship frameworks are highly variable.

5) The funding of apprenticeships is currently under review and costs could change considerably in the near future.

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