Apprenticeships and Work Based Learners – Enrolments (Updated In-Year)


Apprenticeship programmes for employers continue to be a priority for the college. The total number of apprentices in 2022-23 is slightly lower than the previous year, partly due to some planned reductions in non-priority areas. We continue to recruit high numbers in industries that are key to our local economy, including construction, engineering and professional services.

Apprenticeships and Work Based Learners – Enrolments (2022-23 Year-End)

Engagement and Participation Rates

Apprentice engagement and trend analysis

Line graph showing apprentice engagement trend analysis

There has still been a decline in participation levels for apprentices. This has been seen nationally. We have continued to decrease the subcontracted apprenticeship provision and now only a small number of subcontractors remain. The participation for 16-18 apprentices was 952 in 2022/23 and the number of adult apprentices was 1403 in 2022/23.

In total, some 2,386 individuals undertook apprenticeship training with the college in 2022/23. The provision is supported by effective engagement with local employers and dedicated apprenticeship placement services offered by our Employment Hub and Employer Engagement Managers (EEMs).

Apprentice Provision

Heatmap showing travel to learn pattern for learners on apprenticeships

The heat map shows the home location of college-based (exc. sub-contracted partnership activity) apprentices. The majority of 16-18 apprentices following a day release programme and are based locally in the West Midlands Region. The adult apprenticeships are also based locally however there are pockets of focussed activity in other regions due to specific initiatives with key partner employers including national NHS Trusts and Tesco. This can include delivery of bespoke apprenticeship programmes on employer premises.

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