The ESFA published its most recent finding on apprenticeship data covering the full 2019 to 2020 academic year on adult (aged 19 and over) government-funded further education (excluding schools and higher education) comprised of education and training, English and maths and community learning. Key findings show that COVID-19 has had a significant impact demonstrated by:
- Adult government-funded further education and skills decreased by 15.6% compared to 2018/19, from 2,068,200 to 1,745,800.
- Higher level (level 4 or above) participation increased by 30.9%, from 133,100 to 174,100 from last year.
- During the period since the start of lockdown (23 March to 31 July 2020), enrolments started on adult education and training were 208,790, a 50.4% drop compared to the same period in 2018/19 (420,910)
- Achievements in further education and skills decreased by 21.7%, however 2019/20 figures are still provisional.