Mr David McNarry
UK Independence Party
Tabled Date: 26/11/2013
Answered On Date: 05/12/2013
Priority Written: No
To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail by skills area, how many apprentices, have progressed into employment in each of the last three years.
The ApprenticeshipsNI programme is an employer-led provision, with employers creating apprenticeship positions in line with their future business needs. Apprentices are employed “from day one”.
My Department funds the ‘off-the-job’ training element of an apprenticeship through the ApprenticeshipsNI programme.
Over 23,000 individuals have started ApprenticeshipsNI funded training over the past three years. A full breakdown of starts, aligned to Apprenticeship Frameworks, has been placed in the Assembly Library and on the DEL website on http://www.delni.gov.uk/.
As the member will be aware, back in February I announced a major review of my Department's apprenticeship policy. This review, which is all-encompassing in nature, is progressing as planned, and I will be reporting its findings shortly.