To ask Her Majesty's Government how many apprentices were taken on by each government department in (1) 2009-10, (2) 2010-11 and (3) 2011-12, and how many are still in post.
It is for individual departments to decide whether to engage apprentices.
The overall numbers of apprentices placed into departments in each of the years was 2009-10: 2992, 2010-11: 2148 and 2011-12: 1812
The decrease in numbers reflects the downsizing in the number of civil servants across government since May 2010. Civil Service Learning will be consulting departments in July on how we can potentially facilitate a cross-government approach.
Data are not held centrally regarding the numbers still in post.