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Data Provider: Welsh Government National Statistics Snapshot dates for work-based learning provision
Academic year[Filtered]
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Age group 1[Filter]
Gender 1[Filter]
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Programme type 2
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Unique learners[Collapse]All programme types(r) 74,30072,88573,31069,010124,410
All programme types[Collapse]All apprenticeship programmes(r) 68,30567,12068,07062,925110,610
All apprenticeship programmesFoundation Apprenticeship (Level 2)(r) 24,99024,50524,86022,28540,385
Apprenticeship (Level 3)(r) 30,09029,71530,37528,60549,050
Higher Apprenticeship / MSD (Level 4+)(r) 13,22512,90012,83512,03521,175
[Expand]Steps to Employment.....
[Expand]Traineeships(r) 5,9905,7555,2356,08513,790
[Expand]Work Ready*****
[Expand]Other programmes(r) *****
Learning programmes[Collapse]All programme types(r) 74,34072,90073,32569,045134,965
All programme types[Collapse]All apprenticeship programmes(r) 68,32567,13068,08062,955116,165
All apprenticeship programmesFoundation Apprenticeship (Level 2)(r) 25,00024,50524,86522,30043,870
Apprenticeship (Level 3)(r) 30,09529,72530,38528,62050,545
Higher Apprenticeship / MSD (Level 4+)(r) 13,22512,90012,83512,03521,750
[Expand]Steps to Employment.....
[Expand]Traineeships(r) 6,0055,7655,2356,08518,785
[Expand]Work Ready*****
[Expand]Other programmes(r) *****


Snapshot dates: Numbers of unique learners and individual learning programmes in WBL

Last update
20 February 2020 20 February 2020

Next update
February 2021

Publishing organisation
Welsh Government

Source 1
Lifelong Learning Wales Record, Welsh Government

Contact email

National Statistics

Lowest level of geographical disaggregation

Geographical coverage

Languages covered
English only

Data licensing
You may use and re-use this data free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government License - see

General description
This table provides the number of learners and learning programmes in work-based learning (WBL) provision in Wales. The data includes WBL that is delivered by further education institutions and also WBL delivered by other training providers.

Learner counts are provided on a 'unique learner' basis which uses the unique learner identifier in the underlying data. This eliminates any element of multiple-counting where a learner is enrolled at two or more providers in a single academic year.

All figures are rounded to the nearest multiple of 5. Any values greater than 0 and less than 5 have been suppressed and replaced with an asterisk (*).

Data collection and calculation
From 2016/17 onwards all data in the table is calculated using the month 5 freeze of the Lifelong Learning Wales Record (LLWR). This freeze is produced close to the end of the December after the academic year in question finishes. For example, the freeze containing the 2016/17 data was taken close to the end of December 2017.
Prior to 2016/17 data in the table was calculated using the month 7 freeze of the Lifelong Learning Wales Record (LLWR). This freeze was produced close to the end of the February after the academic year in question finishes. For example, the freeze containing the 2015/16 data was taken close to the end of February 2017.

Frequency of publication

Data reference periods
Data in the table is presented on an academic year basis, which runs from 1st August - 31st July.

Users, uses and context
The data in this table are used both within and outside the Welsh Government to monitor educational trends and as a baseline for further analysis of the underlying data. Some of the key users are:

Ministers and the Members Research Service in the National Assembly for Wales
Officials in the Welsh Government
Other government departments
Further Education Institutions, Work-Based Learning providers and local authorities
Estyn, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education and Training in Wales
Students, researchers, and academics
Individual citizens, private companies, and the media

These statistics are used in a variety of ways. Some examples of these are:

General background and research
Inclusion in reports and briefings
Advice to Ministers
Informing and evaluating the education policy-making process in Wales

LLWR data are used to underpin funding and performance reports for learning providers, to calculate NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) figures and in student finance modelling.

Rounding applied
All figures in the table have been rounded to the closest multiple of 5. All non-zero values less than 5 have been suppressed and are denoted by an asterisk (*).

Statistical quality
Statisticians within the Welsh Government review the data and query any anomalies with the LLWR data collection team and, where relevant, with learning providers before tables are published.

The LLWR data underlying this table are intended to be final, for non-funding purposes.

Weblinks - Further education, work-based learning and community learning statistics: an annual publication which this table provides part of a digital alternative with improved interactivity. Previous publications of this release provide data for the academic years 2006/07 - 2011/12, and there are no current plans to update this table to include data previous to 2012/13.

Lifelong Learning Wales Record LLWR Work Based Learning WBL Apprenticeship Apprenticeships Post 16 P16