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Modern Apprenticeships: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.


Information requested

1. How many Scots got modern apprenticeship starts in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.

2. A breakdown of what sectors these modern apprenticeships were in.

3. How much money has the Scottish Government spent on the modern apprenticeship programme in each of the years listed above.

Response

1. The answer to your question is that Official Modern Apprenticeship statistics are published by Skills Development Scotland quarterly, including the number of starts. Starts are cumulative throughout the year and the Modern Apprenticeship 2021/22 Quarter 4 (Year End) statistics are expected to be published in May 2022. These starts are not broken down by Nationality of the apprentice.

The annual Modern Apprenticeships starts are as follows:

Financial Year

Number of Modern Apprenticeship

Starts

2017-18

27,145

2018-19

27,270

2019-20

27,875

2020-21

18,655

2021-22 Quarter 3

18,629

2. The answer to your question is that Skills Development Scotland do not report annual Modern Apprenticeship starts by sector, but instead by occupational grouping. A breakdown of annual Modern Apprenticeship starts by occupational grouping for the years requested is as follows:

Occupational Grouping

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21

2021-22 

 Quarter 3

Administration & Related

1,811

1,826

1,558

581

756

Animal Care, Land & Water based

296

290

238

164

168

Automotive

1,085

1,187

1,159

510

659

Chemicals & Biotechnology Related

30

23

31

41

35

Construction & Related

6,104

6,111

6,417

5,033

5,034

Creative & Cultural Skills

221

134

161

52

43

Engineering & Energy Related

1,339

1,515

1,604

1,074

1,256

Financial Services

931

862

663

268

259

Food & Drink

1,251

1,221

1,217

846

636

Hospitality & Tourism

2,766

2,574

2,388

904

982

Management

557

855

723

531

452

Other Manufacture

355

177

152

74

80

IT & Other Services

2,107

2,331

2,352

1,783

2,095

Personal Services

831

848

606

284

437

Retail & Customer Service

2,263

2,074

1,708

520

623

Sport, Health & Social Care

3,628

4,019

5,446

4,880

4,007

Transport & Logistics

1,570

1,223

1,452

1,110

1,107

Total

27,145

27,270

27,875

18,655

18,629

3. While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested. The reasons why we don't have the information are explained below.

Skills Development Scotland is allocated Grant in Aid funding each year which is used to deliver commitments as set out in the corresponding letter of Ministerial guidance. These are published by Skills Development Scotland on their corporate website. Funding includes provision for Modern Apprenticeships as well as other commitments which include national training programmes, Foundation Apprenticeships, Scotland’s Careers Information, Advice and Guidance service and Skills Development Scotland’s staffing and running costs. It is the responsibility of Skills Development Scotland and their board to allocate funding to programmes in order to deliver Ministerial priorities.

Grant in Aid allocations for the years requested are set out below:
 

Financial Year

Grant in Aid (£m) at budget bill

2017-18

179.6

2018-19

193.3

2019-20

214.7

2020-21

224.8

2021-22

230.9

2022-23

224.2

The Scottish Government does not have the information you have asked for because Scottish Government does not hold the detailed breakdown of spend on Modern Apprenticeships in the years requested. As the Public Body responsible for delivering the Modern Apprenticeship programme, you may wish to contact Skills Development Scotland via FOI@sds.co.uk who may be able to assist with this more detailed breakdown of annual Modern Apprenticeship spend.

This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested.

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Contact

Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

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