by Tim Lezard The number of people starting an apprenticeship fell by 13.7% this year and the number of adult learners dropped by 10.7%, according to new government figures. The UCU said the figures, comparing the 2013/14 and 2012/13 academic years, hi …

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The number of people starting an apprenticeship fell by 13.7% this year and the number of adult learners dropped by 10.7%, according to new government figures.

The UCU said the figures, comparing the 2013/14 and 2012/13 academic years, highlighted how loans introduced in April 2013 for adults were having an impact on demand and needed to be reviewed.

UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said: “These statistics show a shocking drop in the number of adult learners. The introduction of advanced learning loans in April 2013 has had a devastating impact on learner numbers.

“We should be doing everything we can to encourage people back into education and training. The time has come for a complete rethink of loans and the funding system in further education.”


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