The Department for Education has released a statistical data set regarding apprenticeships. Below are the main headlines for our region:
- 38,210 people started apprenticeships in the North East last academic year – 2015/16.
- This is an increase of 2,990 or 8.49% on 2014/15 and an increase of 24,750 on 2005/06 – almost a threefold increase (2.84 times).
- The number of apprenticeships in each of the 12 local authorities in the North East have more than doubled in the past 10 years – this increase was largest in Darlington (3.86 times) and smallest in South Tyneside (2.51 times).
- North Tyneside was the only local authority with fewer apprenticeship starts in 2015/16 (2,610) than in 2014/15 (2,700).
- Adjusting for the size of local authority populations, South Tyneside and Sunderland have the most apprenticeships, whilst Newcastle has the least – in real terms County Durham has by far the most apprenticeships, but it also has by far the largest population.
- Given that parliamentary constituencies are all roughly the same size, it may be useful to look at the top and bottom 5 constituencies in the region by number of apprenticeships:
|Top 5||Bottom 5|
|Washington and Sunderland West||1,670||Hexham||680|
|Sunderland Central||1,590||Berwick Upon Tweed||820|
|Darlington||1,540||Newcastle upon Tyne East||890|
|Easington||1,540||City of Durham||1,010|
|Bishop Auckland||1,530||Newcastle upon Tyne Central||1,050|
- Both Washington and Sunderland West and Sunderland Central are in the top 10 English constituencies by number of apprentices.
- Despite the North East representing just 5.44% of the 533 English constituencies, 40% of the top 25 constituencies by number of apprenticeships are in the region.
- More apprentices started in the North East – proportionate to population – than any other region:
|Region||Apprentice starts||Total population||% of population starting an apprenticeship|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||63,520||5,283,733||1.20%|
|East of England||46,650||5,846,965||0.80%|
- The sector with the most apprenticeship starts in the North East in 2015-16 was Business, Administration and Law (10,970), followed by Health, Public Services and Care (8,890) and Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies (7,240).
- This is similar to the national top 3, although in this case Retail and Commercial Enterprise takes the place of Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies in third.
- Of all the English regions, the North East has the highest proportion of apprenticeships in the following sectors; Construction, Planning and the Built in Environment, and Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies.
- Of all the English regions, the North East has the lowest proportion of apprenticeships in the following sectors; Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care, Education and Training, Health, Public Services and Care, and Leisure, Travel and Tourism.