The Government’s report on the outcome of further education for 2016/2017 has been published with some encouraging statistics.
The “Further education: outcome-based success measures, 2016/17” states that 76% of learners and apprentices continue into either employment or learning.
A contributing factor could be that average earnings for apprentices has increased steadily over the past five years, and the percentage of these with a “sustained positive destination into either employment or learning” (or both) remains at 76% in 2017/18.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said; “It is brilliant to see that so many further education students and apprentices are securing a job, or continuing with their studies. It is also great news that they are seeing such year on year increases to their wages too.
“We will be introducing new T Level qualifications from next year, new Institutes of Technology and creative more high-quality apprenticeship opportunities.”
The “Outcome-based success measures” covers the destinations (into employment and learning), and progression of learners throughout their further education, including estimates on the outcomes of learners’ earnings that achieved an apprenticeship or adult learners that achieved a skills course at full level 2, full level 3, level 4 or higher.
The data uses the LEO (longitudinal education outcomes) study, which explores how apprentices and learners progress through their education into the labour market by collating:
- schools, further and higher education information from the Department for Education
- employment information from HM Revenue and Customs
- benefit histories from the Department of Work and Pensions