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Further education, work-based learning and community learning statistics

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  • Release date: 24 September 2013
  • Period covered: 2011/12
  • Next update: 25 June 2014
A report which present information on enrolled learners and their activities by age, gender, mode of study, type of programme and level of study.

Key points

  • 179,290 learners were enrolled at further education institutions (FEI) during 2011/12, 3.8 per cent fewer than in 2010/11.
  • There was a 27 per cent decrease in FE learner numbers in total at Further and Higher Education institutions between December 2005 and December 2011.
  • 90 per cent of learning activities at FEIs were completed and 91 per cent of the completed activities with an assessable outcome were attained.
  • 35,560 learners pursued a Local Authority Community Learning activity in 2011/12 (including those enrolled at FEIs but taught by local authority staff), 7.5 per cent fewer than in the previous year.
  • 53,430 learners were engaged in work-based learning provision at FEIs and other training providers in 2011/12, 6.3 per cent fewer than in 2010/11.
  • 66 per cent of learners leaving their most recent work-based learning programme in 2011/12 went into current or new employment.


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