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Apprentices

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeships his Department offered to people aged (a) 16 to 18, (b) 19 to 21 and (c) 22 to 26 years old in each year since 2010.

Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Until 2013, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) did not keep a record of the age of internal apprentices. The table shows the age of externally recruited apprentices since 2010:

Age 2010 2011 2012 2013
16 to 18 0 0 0 1
19 to 21 2 1 2 4
22 to 26 0 0 0 1

BIS currently have 51 apprentices, 21 of whom are just embarking on their apprenticeship. This figure will rise to 57 in September. 12 of these 57 apprentices will be under the age of 21, with a further six apprentices under 21 expected to join the Department in the new year.

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