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The information has been produced by the ESFA for the last three years and is collated from data that is gathered directly. The data shows the total amount of people on apprenticeship and training programmes in the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership geography (Devon, Somerset, Plymouth, Torbay) alongside their subject area.

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Column chart shows the different apprenticeship learners across local geographies and divided by subject area. Use the geography filter to choose area. Use the subject filter to see specific details. Use the variable filter to choose between starts and achievements: note that apprenticeship programmes run for different lengths of time so it is not possible to directly compare achievers with starts. Right click the graph to show underlying data. Click to slide 2 for a map of Devon.

About the data

Apprenticeship data shows a steady rise in the number of starts since 2014/15 in Devon. The increases are greater than the those across the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (Devon, Somerset, Plymouth, Torbay) area, however between 2015/16 and 2016/17 the rate of increase fell from 6.7% down to 2.7%.

Some key areas such as Construction saw strong growth in the number of starts, up by 26.7% to 508 apprentices, however Science and Maths remains low with less than 5 starts in 2016/17. Due to different programme lengths achievements (those completing their apprenticeship programme) cannot directly link to starts, however the number of achievers has remained constant over this period at approximately 4,350 per year, with a marginal fall in 2015/16 to 4,150. An increasing volume of apprentices, and especially achievement, is crucial to meeting the skills gaps identified in the Devon economy.