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To ask the Secretary of State for Health
(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) what strategies he has to create apprenticeships in his Department; and what plans he has to promote such strategies.
The Department offers apprenticeships in two ways - appointing apprentices through external recruitment and by offering existing staff access to apprenticeship programmes as part of their learning and development.
Since 2010, the Department has recruited three apprentices, aged 16-18, as part of a national apprenticeship scheme. All three commenced their apprenticeships in 2010 and on successful completion secured permanent full time roles in the Department in January 2012.
The Department has also offered an internal apprenticeship programme for its existing staff. In 2010-11, six staff successfully completed the Level 2 Personal Assistant development programme. This was open to all staff and age was not part of the eligibility criteria and therefore the Department did not collect this information.
The Department will review its apprenticeship strategy after the current Department of Health Transition Programme changes have fully embedded in the newly established Department.