Departmental Work Experience

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 7th September 2011.

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Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Labour, Houghton and Sunderland South

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Liverpool, Wavertree of 18 October 2010, Official Report, column 479W, on departmental work experience, what the beginning and end dates were of each unpaid internship; for how many weeks each such intern worked in the Department; what the average number of hours worked by each such intern per week was; whether each such intern worked fixed hours; what the recruitment process was for each such vacancy; and where the positions were advertised.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Liverpool, Wavertree of 18 October 2010, Hansard, column 479W, on departmental work experience there were eight unpaid internships. During the course of our current investigations to answer this question further information has come to light and one of these interns has been identified as an existing civil servant on loan to the Department of Energy and Climate Change and therefore not an internship. We apologise for this error.

Detailed information on internships and work experience placements was not centrally approved or recorded prior to April 2011 and for this reason there is a gap in the information relating to one of the seven interns. Since April 2011 DECC has ensured that all work experience placements and internships are awarded through fair and open competition, in line with Baroness Warsi's commitment to end informal internships in Whitehall.

Interns Start date End date Number of weeks worked Average number of hours worked Fixed hours Recruitment process Where advertised
1 27 June 2010 27 August 2010 9 <36 No Direct approach by student Not advertised
2 1 July 2010 30 August 2010 9 36 No Limited competition Through university
3 1 July 2010 25 August 2011 8 36 No Direct approach by student Not advertised
4 16 August 10 28 August 2010 2 No Through internal contact Not advertised
5 11 January 2010 5 February 2010 10 36 No Limited competition Not advertised
6 13 September 2010 24 September 2010 1 36 No Through internal contact Not advertised
7 14 June 2010 2 July 2010 2 36 No Information not available Information not available

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