The Further Education, Work-based Learning and Community Learning in Wales, 2014/15 report, reveals a continued decline in overall learner numbers in post-16 education between 2013/14 and 2014/15 since its peak in 2005/06.
The report which presents information on enrolled learners and their activities by age, gender, mode of study, type of programme and level of study is collected through the Welsh Government’s Lifelong Learning Wales Record (LLWR). It excludes enrolments at Higher Education institutions and at school sixth forms but includes provision at Further Education (FE) institutions, Work-based Learning (WBL) providers and Local Authority Community Learning providers.
Despite seeing growth in 2014/15 in Higher Apprenticeships, rise of 44%, there was a 12% reduction in distinct learners at FE Institutions, Local Authority Community Learning or WBL providers. There is however variations in the individual sectors and age groups, details of which can be found in the full report which is available from the EPALE resources.