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Apprentices

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office

(1) 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;

(2) how many apprenticeships the Prime Minister's Office offered to people aged (a) 16 to 18, (b) 19 to 21 and (c) 22 to 26 years old in each year since 2010;

(3) what strategies he has to create apprenticeships in his Department; and what plans he has to promote such strategies;

(4) what strategies the Prime Minister has to create apprenticeships in his Office; and what plans he has to promote such strategies.

Photo of Francis Maude Francis Maude The Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office

The Prime Minister's office is an integral part of the Cabinet Office.

The number of apprentices taken on by the Cabinet Office, including the Prime Minister's office, is as follows. Due to the small numbers involved we have not broken this down by age:

Financial year Total
2009-10 <5
2010-11 6
2011-12 11
2012-13 15

The Government launched its Fast Track Apprenticeships Scheme on 15 April, as part of its wider programme of civil service reform. The scheme is designed to support 18 to 21-year-olds who have chosen not to go to university, but who have the skills and potential to support the civil service in delivering exceptional public services. A range of Government Departments are taking part in the pilot of the scheme, with 100 places initially being made available. In due course, the scheme will grow to 500 places to match the existing Graduate Fast Stream programme.

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