Mr Alex Easton
Democratic Unionist Party
Tabled Date: 03/09/2013
Answered On Date: 16/09/2013
Priority Written: No
To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning how many apprenticeship places are currently funded by his Department.
My Department funds the ‘off the job’ training element of an apprenticeship through the ApprenticeshipsNI programme. ApprenticeshipsNI aims to provide participants with the opportunity to take part in a Level 2/Level 3 Apprenticeship where the apprentice, in paid employment from day one, works towards achieving an industry-approved Level 2/Level 3 Apprenticeship Framework.
The latest statistical bulletin shows that the total number of participants on the programme at 30 April 2013 was 8,998. The full statistical bulletin can be viewed on the Department’s website http://www.delni.gov.uk/appsni-bulletin-aug-13.pdf.
The latest statistical bulletin, published on 29 August 2013, refers to the position as at 30 April 2013. Further publications will be produced on a quarterly basis.