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Data Provider: Welsh Government National Statistics Unique learners in work-based learning provision by programme and primary disability and/or learning difficulty
Academic year[Filtered]
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Ethnicity 1[Filter]
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[Collapse]Region of domicile 2[Filter]
Region of domicile 3[Filter]
Gender 1[Filter]
Area codes[Filter]
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Programme Type 2
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Primary LDD 1
[Collapse]All programme typesClick here to sortAll programme types
[Collapse]All apprenticeship programmesClick here to sortAll apprenticeship programmes[Collapse]Steps to Employment[Collapse]Traineeships[Collapse]Work Ready[Collapse]Other programmes
Click here to sortFoundation Apprenticeship (Level 2)Click here to sortApprenticeship (Level 3)Click here to sortHigher Apprenticeship (Level 4+)Click here to sortSteps to EmploymentClick here to sortTraineeshipsClick here to sortWork ReadyClick here to sortOther programmes
[Collapse]All learners40,38549,05021,175110,610.13,790**124,410
All learnersVisual impairment13514555335.90..425
Hearing impairment195200100495.65..565
Physical and / or medical difficulties285315130730.215..945
Behavioural, emotional and social difficulties855520160.540..700
Multi-sensory impairment****.*..*
Autistic spectrum disorders754515140.300..445
Speech, language and communication difficulties4525*75.140..215
Moderate / general learning difficulties16010530295.325..620
Severe learning difficulties**.*.20..30
Profound and multiple learning difficulties**.15.*..30
Specific learning difficulties1,8851,7206004,195.1,340..5,535
Not known654520130.*..140
Does not apply37,43046,37520,200104,010.10,720**114,750


Unique learners in work-based learning in Wales

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
Local authorities

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 enrolled in work-based learning (WBL) in Wales.

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.

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