Apprenticeship change analysis by Level and Spend
The total Apprenticeship spend increased by about £2 million between 2017/18 and 2018/19 but decreased by about the same amount between 2018/19 and 2019/20.
While Level 2 spend remained broadly similar over the whole three-year period 2017/18 to 2019/20, significant increases in Level 3 spend occurred over this period, with an increase in Level 4+ spend also apparent over the period 2018/19 to 2019/20. However, some of this is likely to be explained by a continual decrease in the proportion of spend where the level is not known over the three-year period.
Apprenticeship Level change analysis by Local Authority
Geographical patterns of change in spend over the whole three-year period 2017/18 to 2019/20 varied somewhat. Over the period 2017/18 and 2018/19, an increase in spend was evident in all local authority areas with the exception of Coventry, where spend decreased over the whole three-year period. Over the period 2018/19 to 2019/20 decreased spend was evident in Birmingham, Sandwell and Walsall, while in Wolverhampton, Dudley and Solihull spend remained stable.
Apprenticeship Level change analysis by Gender / Ethnicity
The number of Apprentice learners fell by more than 1,100 over the whole period 2017/18 to 2019/20, or by -12%. Decreases were evident in relation to both male and female learners, although there were some variations by ethnic group.