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Redundancies amongst apprenticeships continue to rise

Business / Thu 19th Nov 2020 at 08:22am

THE number of apprenticeships ending in redundancy in lockdown is two thirds higher than in 2019, provisional figures show.

The BBC obtained the data under the Freedom of Information Act.

Between March and July, 1,033 people in England were withdrawn from apprenticeship programmes because they had been made redundant.

This compares to 615 for the same period in 2019, according to Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) data.

There are roughly 740,000 apprentices training in England in total. 

The apparent rise in redundancies is more evidence of the challenge facing the apprenticeship system due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The ESFA said the total number of apprentices made redundant would be higher than the figures they disclosed.

The numbers don’t include those who go on to complete their apprenticeship with a new employer, or at a college. 

Some cases may also not be registered as redundancies, the agency said.

More substantial data is expected later in November.

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