The latest figures have been published on Apprenticeship starts, this shows the first quarter for 2018/19 academic year – key messages are that we are seeing a steady increase in the number of starts compared to last year, but we have not returned to the level of starts pre – levy.


We are also seeing a move towards standards from frameworks and we are seeing a significant move to advanced and higher-level apprenticeships.


There were 132,000 apprenticeship starts reported so far for the first quarter of the 2018/19 academic year, an increase of 15.4 per cent from 114,400 reported at this time in 2017/18.


The 132,000 starts represents a decrease of 15.2 and 13.8 per cent compared to the 155,600 and 153,100 reported at this time in 2016/17 and 2015/16, before the introduction of the apprenticeship levy.


Of these starts some 61,400 are levy-supported starts representing 46.5 per cent of total starts


Of these starts some 76,300 are on the new apprenticeship standards representing 57.8 per cent of total apprenticeship starts. Last year for the full year it was 43.6%


Of the 132,000 apprenticeship starts in Q1 2018/19:

  • 51,100 were at intermediate level, a decrease of 1.6 per cent from 52,000 in Q1 2017/18
  • 57,800 were at advanced level, an increase of 13.9 per cent from 50,800 in Q1 2017/18
  • 23,100 were at higher level, an increase of 99.7 per cent from 11,600 in Q1 2017/18


In terms of participation i.e. number of apprentices on programme, initial data shows 529,900 participants, compared to 608,900, 638,700 and 626,600 reported at this time in 2017/18, 2016/17 and 2015/16, a decrease of 13.0, 17.0 and 15.4 per cent respectively


Full detail can be found at Apprenticeship-and-traineeships-release-January-2019.pdf


Demand and how we have helped

The demand for assessors is growing rapidly and The Assessors Guild are helping with the demand in many ways. Firstly, Registered Practitioner and Managing Practitioner members are eligible to enter onto the Professional Register of Assessors (RoA) which enables them to be sourced and contracted by organisations. Secondly our Member Portal enables assessors to post availability for work, upload their CV and experience and record CPD. Additionally, our jobs pages list opportunities and are updated weekly, it is free to post jobs for our Corporate Members and non-members pay a small monthly cost. To join the growing list of Assessors benefiting from these features, apply today.


What to expect in 2019

We can expect more opportunities for End Point Assessors and an upsurge in vocational and technical assessors wanting to professional develop in terms of understanding the requirements of End Point Assessment.

The Assessors Guild are developing a programme of networking and CPD activity which will be bookable, but priority attendance given to our members before opening up to non-members. All activity will attract CPD hours.


Shortages and skills gaps

It is commonly accepted that the shortages will occur where assessors are not occupationally current. Most assessment plans require end point assessors to be industry savvy, currently working or able to evidence recent work in the sector that they are assessing in.


The Assessors Guild invite you to take part in our Occupational Survey which will help inform the current situation and also generate solutions to this national shortfall. Results of the survey will be published in March 2019. Click here


Sam Taylor

Head of The Assessors Guild