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Higher Level Apprenticeships in Further Education, Academic year 2022/23 

The Department for the Economy has today published a statistical report on Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA) activity in Further Education (FE).

This official statistics release presents a range of analysis on the Higher Level Apprenticeships delivered in Northern Ireland FE colleges and the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), covering provision across the academic years 2017/18 to 2022/23. The statistics presented in this report cover the characteristics of the participants enroled on HLA courses and analysis of performance in terms of achievements.

The academic year 2022/23 shows:

  • 845 starts on an HLA programme. This was an increase of 235 (39%) from 2021/22.
  • Approximately three in ten starts were female; 270 females compared to 580 males. A trend has emerged showing more males are entering HLA programmes than females.
  • In total there were 1,530 participants on HLA programmes; this included 845 starts, 475 in year 2 and 205 in year 3.
  • The most popular sector subject area was Engineering and manufacturing technologies accounting for 36% of all HLA participants.
  • The overall success rate for final year HLA students was 91% (390 participants).

This full statistical bulletin and other information is available to download from the DfE HLA page at

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