Data correct as at 2019/20

Next update due: March 2022

This report describes the number of adult social care apprenticeships which were started and achieved during the 2019/20 academic year (August 2019 to July 2020). It should be noted that these findings straddle the start of the COVID-19 epidemic in England and therefore some of the early impacts have been captured.

The report covers factors such as apprenticeship level, demographics, regional make-up, trend analysis and comparisons to other frameworks to provide context. It should be of interest to workforce planners, learning providers, social care employers, government bodies, policy makers and anyone with an interest in social care apprenticeships. 

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Key findings

Apprenticeship starts

  • There were 29,900 adult social care apprenticeships starts in 2019/20. This was around 26% lower than in 2018/19. All apprenticeships also saw a reduction in starts, to a lesser extent, of around 70,000 (18%) between 2018/19 and 2019/20.
  • COVID-19 was one factor influencing this decrease in adult social care starts with evidence of a drop-off in starts during April and May 2020. This is not the only reason, however, as at February 2020 starts were already 11% lower than the previous year’s figure. 
  • Lead Adult Care Worker apprenticeship standards received around 11,530 starts, Adult Care Worker received 10,840 starts and the framework Care Leadership and Management received 4,580 starts.
  • The two recently approved apprenticeship standards, Leader in Adult Care and Lead Practitioner in Adult Care received around 700 and 140 respectively.
  • There were around 660 starts in the social worker degree apprenticeships in 2019/20 which makes up around 12% of all degree level apprenticeship starts.
  • The standards Lead Adult Care Worker and Adult Care Worker ranked 3rd and 4th in terms of the most common intermediate/advanced level starts in 2019/20. 


Apprenticeship achievements

  • Around 12,630 adult social care apprenticeships were achieved in 2019/20.
  • Around 23% of adult social care apprenticeship achievements were higher apprenticeships (Care Leadership and Management), compared to 11% of all apprenticeships


ASC-WDS apprenticeships data (as at March 2020)

Based on 8,961 workers recorded as apprenticeships in the Adult Social Care Workforce Dataset (ASC-WDS) as at March 2020.

  • Females made up 84% of adult social care apprenticeships.
  • 80% of apprentices identified as BAME compared to 84% of non-apprentices.
  • Around 1% of apprentices were disabled, this is slightly lower than non-apprentices (2%).