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Data Provider: Welsh Government National Statistics Success in apprenticeships, by academic year and sector subject area
[Collapse]Age GroupThis dimension gives the age of the learner at 31 August of the academic year. [Filtered]
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[Collapse]Level of apprenticeship[Filtered]
Level of apprenticeship 1[Filter]
Academic YearAcademic years run from 1 August of the initial year to 31 July of the following year.[Filter]
[Collapse]Sector Subject AreaThis dimension gives the sector subject area (SSA) of the learning activity. These SSAs are derived from the LearnDirect Classification System, and are the QCA defined learning areas with some amendments to be consistent with Estyn statistics. [Filter]
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All sector subject areasIncludes unspecified sectors1: Health, Public Services and Care
3: Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care
4: Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
5: Construction, Planning and the Built Environment
6: Information and Communication Technology
7: Retail and Commercial Enterprise
7(a): Retailing and Customer ServiceIncluded in \'Retail and Commercial Enterprise\'
7(b): Hair and BeautyIncluded in \'Retail and Commercial Enterprise\'
7(c): Hospitality and CateringIncluded in \'Retail and Commercial Enterprise\'
8: Leisure, Travel and Tourism
9: Arts, Media and Publishing
12: Languages, Literature and Culture
13: Education and Training
15: Business, Administration and Law
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Success in apprenticeships, by academic year, sector subject area and level

Last update

28 February 2023 28 February 2023

Next update

February 2024

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 and Welsh

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 attainments and attainment rates for apprenticeships in Wales. The data includes Work Based Learning that is delivered by further education institutions and local authorities.
The counts are the number of full apprenticeship frameworks that were attained, not a count of learners. The denominator for the attainment rates is the number of terminated programmes (with a small number of exclusions, including transfers).

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 to 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 officials in the Welsh Government;
Members of the Senedd and researchers in the Senedd
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 counts are rounded to the nearest multiple of 5. Any values less than 5 have been suppressed and replaced with an asterisk (*). Rates have been suppressed if the corresponding count was suppressed or if the denominator for the rate was less than 23 activities.

Weblinks Learner outcome measures for Work Based Learning and Adult Learning – an annual publication outlining trends in learner outcomes for work based learning and adult learning programs. Previous versions of this release had information on learner outcomes in Further Education. This has been discontinued as the statistics have been replaced by the consistent performance measures for post-16 learning (

Statistical quality

There was an issue with the duplication of records, and adult learning records delivered by Flintshire were incorrectly excluded. The issue affected 4.0% of adult learning records and 0.5% of apprenticeship records between 28th February 2023 and 20th March 2023.

The overall adult learning success was previously reported as 82.9% and has been revised to 81.6%. The overall apprenticeship success rate was previously reported as 66.4% and has been revised to 66.3%.

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.


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