Civil Service Apprenticeship Targets

Cabinet Office – in the House of Commons at on 27 May 2021.

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Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Chair, Education Committee, Chair, Education Committee

What recent discussions he has had with relevant stakeholders on apprenticeship targets for the civil service.

Photo of Michael Gove Michael Gove Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

I have been having lots of discussions with relevant stakeholders on apprenticeship targets. We must do much better on getting more apprentices into the civil service.

Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Chair, Education Committee, Chair, Education Committee

Will my right hon. Friend consider ensuring that all new recruits to the civil service are offered apprenticeships? Will he also make certain that, unless there are specific related reasons, all Government sector employment contracts have at least 5% of employees as apprenticeships before they are offered any contract by Government?

Photo of Michael Gove Michael Gove Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

My right hon. Friend makes a very important point. We are currently reviewing, as part of preparation for new procurement legislation, exactly how we can ensure that there is a higher proportion of apprenticeships in contracts that Government allocate as well as making sure that the civil service extends the use of apprenticeship schemes, of which he has been such an effective champion.