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Further education, work-based learning and community learning

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  • Release date: 30 March 2017
  • Period covered: 2015/16
  • Next update: February 2018
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 ssummarises 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).

Key points

  • There were 172,460 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 Further Education/WBL/CL population, full-time learner numbers in Further Education fell slightly but part-time numbers at FEIs declined by 23 per cent. Total local authority community learning fell by 25 per cent.
  • Total work-based learner numbers fell by 6 per cent but the number of higher apprentices rose by 36 per cent.

Please note

As previously announced, we have considered  the format and timetable for publication of outputs from the Further education, Work-based learning and community learning statistics series. Following consultation we have decided to bring forward the publication of the statistical release (previously April following the academic year) and StatsWales data (May) and to publish both in February. This brings the timetable in line with that to be used for Learner Outcomes data.

As a result of the full final data being available earlier in the year, we will now cease publication of the provisional data which previously took place in November.


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