The college sector’s performance on apprenticeships has come under fire after analysis by FE Week, the education and skills newspaper, found that many college budgets had devoted a scant two percent to apprenticeships, despite them being a major plank in the government’s economic policy.

Skills Funding Agency figures obtained by FE Week under the Freedom of Information Act revealed low levels of apprenticeship delivery at many colleges, particularly in London.

Colleges, on average, have 27 percent of their 2015/16 Adult Skills Budget (ASB) allocated to apprenticeships, FE Week found, compared with 60 percent at other providers.

But the college figure varies significantly across the country, with London colleges averaging just 12 per cent.