To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total number of staff employed within the private offices of ministers and the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence on 1 June; and how many of them were (1) under the age of 21, (2) apprentices under the age of 21, and (3) apprentices over the age of 21.
The provision of opportunities to gain nationally recognised civilian qualifications through the accreditation of education, training and experience is an important part of the way we train and develop both civilian and military personnel.
The Ministry of Defence as a whole achieves some 13,000 apprenticeship completions each year (level 2 and level 3).
MoD values its apprentices and currently runs two in house civilian apprenticeship engineering schemes; Technician and Craft, managed respectively by Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) and Defence Support Group (DSG). Workplace apprenticeships leading to NVQ certification are also delivered through an external training provider. The best civilian apprentices from establishments across the UK are recognised at an annual awards ceremony hosted by the Chief of Defence Materiel.
The MoD also participates in the fast stream programme and runs its own internal development programme (called means identifying developing internal talent). Both are accelerated development programmes. Fast stream is a cross Civil Service programme designed to attract graduates and MIDIT is an internal development programme which identifies and fosters internal talent. Members of both schemes are guaranteed a series of job placements designed to prepare them for senior managerial positions within the organisation. Members of both programmes regularly and routinely work in private office roles, including for Ministers and the Permanent Secretary.