To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the average length of apprenticeships was at the latest date for which figures are available.
The latest figures available for average length of apprenticeships are for 2006/07. These figures show that at that time, the average length of stay was 57 weeks and for Advanced Apprenticeships 91.1 weeks.
This is a marked increase in length of stay since 2002/03 figures—(45.4 weeks for Apprenticeships and 84.2 weeks for Advanced Apprenticeships) and reflects the improving completion rate which is currently 63 per cent. We aim to improve this further by enhancing the quality of apprenticeship provision and the apprenticeship experience for young people and adults.