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Further education, work-based learning and community learning

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  • Release date: 30 November 2016
  • Period covered: 2015/16 (provisional)
  • Next update: 30 March 2017
A report which presents information on enrolled learners and their activities by age, gender, mode of study, type of programme and level of study.

This report summarises provisional data on learners in post-16 education and training excluding those at Higher Education institutions and schools but including Further Education institutions (FEIs), other Work-based Learning providers and Community Learning provision collected via the Welsh Government’s Lifelong Learning Wales Record (LLWR).

The statistics on learner numbers in post-16 education and training include data for Wales for the period August 2015 to July 2016.  The latest release contains provisional statistics due to be updated in March 2017.

Key points

  • There were 173,075 learners at FEIs, Community Learning (CL) or Work-based Learning (WBL) providers during 2015/16, a reduction of 12 per cent on 2014/15.
  • Within this fall in the total FE/WBL/CL population, full-time learner numbers in FE fell slightly but part-time numbers at FEIs declined by 21 per cent. Total local authority community learning fell by 32 per cent.
  • Total work-based learner numbers fell by 6 per cent but the number of higher apprentices rose by 37 per cent.


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