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Skills, Education & Training


Here you will find data relating to Skills, Education and Training. Further information on education, skills and learning in Somerset, including school attainment figures and higher education participation can be found on the Somerset Intelligence website.

The qualification/skill levels of the workforce is an important determinant of economic prosperity and productivity. Somerset has performed below the national average on the qualification all of its residents.    As the data below reveals, there are significant variations in attainment figures at the lower-tier local authority level within Somerset.

Apprenticeships have an important role to play in raising skill levels and meeting local business needs. In recent years there has been a significant drop in the numbers starting apprenticeships in Somerset (8% between 2019/20 and 2020/21) as well as nationally, however, the number of apprenticeship achievements have on average improved over the same period, albeit only very marginally (3%).

The majority of young people succeed in education and make a positive transition to adult life and the world of work, but there remain a small proportion who do not and who become NEET (not in education, employment or training). In Somerset roughly 3.6% of 16-17 year olds are thought to be NEET.

NVQ Level 4+ (Jan-Dec 2021)
Apprenticeships in 2020/21
Not in Education, Employment or Training (2023)

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