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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer
(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 information requested is as follows:
|Age group (years old at the time of offering apprenticeship)||2010||2011||2012||2013|
|(a) 16 to 18||0||0||5||0|
|(b) 19 to21||0||0||0||0|
|(c) 22 to 26||0||0||0||2|
In 2012 and 2013, HM Treasury created apprenticeships by recruiting into vacancies that already existed in HM Treasury, advertising via the National Apprenticeship Service. By bringing apprentices into existing vacancies, the strategy was to create the prospect of employment in the longer term if the posts continued to exist, and the apprentices successfully completed their apprenticeship. There are currently 6 Range Bs (AA/AO equivalent), who have studied or are studying Level 2 NVQ in Business and Administration, of whom five have been offered employment on a permanent basis. More recently, one higher level apprenticeship at Range C (EO equivalent), who is studying the Advanced IT user qualification has begun. HM Treasury continues to actively support the Government Apprenticeship scheme and will continue to look for further apprenticeship opportunities in the future.