The number of people who started apprenticeships aged 25 or over rocketed last year, while the tally of younger people starting programmes fell, according to the latest Government figures. The percentage of over- 25s starting Level 2 apprenticeships more than doubled between 200708 and 200809. This compares with a fall of nearly 11 per cent in 16-18 starts and of nearly 9 per cent in 19- to 24-year-olds. At Level 3, there was an 88 per cent increase in starts for over-25s, a 5.5 per cent fall for 16- 18s and an 11.5 per cent fall in 19-24 numbers. The figures are published in the statistics report Post-16 Education amp; Skills: Learner Participation, Outcomes and Level of Highest Qualification Held. All the figures for 2008-09 are provisional.