Government Departments: Interns

House of Lords written question – answered on 28th June 2012.

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Photo of Lord Willis of Knaresborough Lord Willis of Knaresborough Chair, Science and Technology: Sub-Committee I (Higher education in STEM subjects)

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many interns were taken on by each government department in (1) 2009-10, (2) 2010-11, and (3) 2011-12.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Minister without Portfolio , Co-Chair, Conservative Party

The Civil Service Fast Stream Summer Diversity Programme placed 118 interns into departments in 2009-10, 74 in 2010-11 and 129 interns in 2011-12.

In 2010-11 the Summer Diversity Programme was complemented by two further programmes to form the Cross-Whitehall Internship Programme. The two week programme for year 12 college students placed 62 interns into departments. The one day internship event for year 9 students provided 97 students with an overview of the Civil Service to raise students' aspirations.

Outside this programme, departments may run their own schemes or offer placements. As this would be a matter for individual departments to determine, a figure is not held centrally.

In 2012 the Deputy Prime Minister launched the social mobility strategy, "Opening Doors, Breaking Barriers". The cross-Whitehall Internship Programme reduces barriers that prevent young people from participating by providing successful residential candidates with accommodation, travel and a weekly training allowance for the duration of their placement.

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