AQW 2225/22-27 – Apprenticeships in Mid Ulster

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for the Economy how many people are enrolled in an apprenticeship in Mid Ulster, broken down by (i) sector; and (ii) gender.

Minister for the Economy: My Department provides funding through the ApprenticeshipsNI (AppsNI) and Higher Level Apprenticeships (HLA) programmes for the delivery of off the job training for apprenticeships at levels 2 to 7.

According to figures for ApprenticeshipsNI levels 2 to 3, occupancy by sector and gender in Mid Ulster Area at 31 October 2021 is as follows:

Accounting and Finance134
Building and Construction1202203
Business Management516
Child Development and Well Being22022
Environmental Conservation011
Health and Social Care16016
Horticulture, Forestry011
Hospitality and Catering10515
ICT for Users325
ICT Practitioners21416
Manufacturing Technologies4087127
Medicine and Dentistry303
Retailing and Wholesaling101121
Service Enterprises11617
Sport, Leisure and Recreation033
Transport Operations and Maintenance16465

The breakdown of figures for HLAs levels 4 to 5 for the academic year 2020/21 is as follows:

Health, public services and care101
Science and mathematics257
Engineering and manufacturing technologies74552
Construction, planning and the built environment42226
Information and communication technology033
Business, administration and law7310

Finally, there were 25 participants enrolled on a HLA level 6-7 programme for the academic year 2020/21 within the Mid Ulster constituency. This is broken down to 5 within Computing, 15 within Business Management, with the remaining 5 split over: Subjects allied to medicine; Physical sciences; Engineering and technology; and Architecture, building and planning. Of these 25 participants, 10 were female and 15 were male.

Data is based on the home postcode of each apprentice. Apprentices may have an employment base either inside or outside the Mid Ulster constituency.