Minister for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning John Hayes said:
“Today’s statistics clearly show the increasing popularity of properly funded and effectively targeted vocational training. Having met an ambitious benchmark to expand the apprenticeships programme, we will do even more to deliver the skills that drive growth.
“We’re removing bureaucracy from colleges, providing additional support for SMEs, raising achievement levels and creating more opportunities for progression - in some cases up to degree level.
“With every pound invested in apprenticeships generating a return of up to £40 for the economy, this month’s budget rightly promised to support a record number of new apprenticeships.”
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The Post-16 Further Education and Skills Statistical First Release was published at 9.30am today, at **http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/statistics/statisticalfirstrelease/sfr_current. **
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