Apprentices
Business, Innovation and Skills

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Dan Jarvis (Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport); Barnsley Central, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeships have lasted for (a) up to six, (b) six to 12 and (c) over 12 months.

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Matthew Hancock (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills; West Suffolk, Conservative)

Table 1 shows apprenticeship achievements (adjusted) by duration for the 2011-12 academic year, the latest year for which full year data are available.

Care should be taken when interpreting apprenticeship durations as they are dependent on the mix of apprenticeship levels and frameworks, and the prior attainment of learners (some will already have completed parts of the apprenticeship). The adjusted measure is intended to exclude those apprentices with some prior attainment.

From August 2012, Ministers have decided that an apprenticeship must last at least 12 months for under 19s and for adults as well unless prior learning is recorded and funding reduced accordingly. This is to ensure that every apprenticeship involves sufficient new learning and opportunities to embed new skills.

Table 1: Apprenticeship achievements (adjusted) by duration, 2011/12
Number of months Achievements (adjusted)
Up to 6 months 25,310
6 to 12 months 109,390
Over 12 months 93,010
Total 227,700
Notes: 1. All figures are rounded to the nearest 10, except for the total, which is rounded to the nearest 100. 2. Apprenticeship achievements by duration (adjusted) are based on the actual end date of the apprenticeship as recorded in the ILR; it only includes those achievements within the academic year that were fully funded. Source: Individualised Learner Record

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