There have been 290,500 apprenticeship starts reported to date between August 2017 and April 2018 for the 2017/18 academic year. This compares to 440,300 and 384,500 starts reported in the equivalent period in 2016/17 and 2015/16 respectively.
As of May 2017, there were significant structural changes to the apprenticeship funding system including the introduction of the apprenticeship levy and Apprenticeship Service. As shown in the January 2018 release of this publication, 91.7 per cent of those who had PAYE schemes with apprenticeship levy declarations in England of over £150,000 had registered on the Apprenticeship Service. These firms have two years to spend their funds and as the new system becomes more established, such changes are likely
to significantly impact on apprenticeship starts being reported.