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Education 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 Education what strategies he has to create apprenticeships in his Department; and what plans he has to promote such strategies.

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Skills

The Department promotes apprenticeship opportunities through our apprenticeship provider, learndirect, and uses the National Apprenticeship Service to advertise opportunities online.

The Government has also started the civil service fast track apprenticeship scheme to bring in 100 apprentices by September 2013, akin to the graduate fast stream. 15 new apprentices will begin work in the Department for Education under this scheme in September 2013 and we plan to increase this number over time.

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