Work Experience

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) people undertaking unpaid work experience, (b) unpaid interns and (c) other people in unpaid positions were working in his Department in the most recent period for which figures are available.

Photo of Henry Bellingham Henry Bellingham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

All internship and work experience schemes run by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 2011 were advertised publicly and remunerated. I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 23 March 2012, Hansard, column 904W, to Chi Onwurah, which gave further details of numbers of participants in the schemes.

For 2012, the FCO has expanded the range of work experience schemes available. We continue to offer a number of paid work experience or internship opportunities designed to help us recruit high calibre graduates from backgrounds where the FCO is under-represented or where the FCO has a skills shortage. We will also participate in three Government-wide schemes with different funding/compensation arrangements: the Whitehall Social Mobility Internship Programme for 16 to 18-year-olds, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Social Mobility Programme for 13 to 14-year-olds and the DWP/Job Centre Plus scheme for individuals in receipt of social benefits.

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