Revenue and Customs

Treasury written question – answered on 12th September 2013.

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Photo of Catherine McKinnell Catherine McKinnell Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many apprentices have been employed by HM Revenue and Customs in each year since 2010-11; and how many people will be so employed in each year until 2015-16.

Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Exchequer Secretary

This year HMRC has developed and introduced an approach to externally recruit apprentices. HMRC also participates in the Civil Service Wide Fast Track Apprenticeship scheme which offers an alternative route to further education for 18 to 21 year groups.

Under the last Government, HMRC did not recruit apprentices.

HMRC currently recruit apprentices to undertake the following roles:

(a) Level 2 or level 3 qualification in Business Administration or Customer Service

(b) Level 4—IT higher Apprenticeship

(c) Level 4 Business Administration (Civil Service Fast Track Scheme)

During 2013-14, HMRC plan to employ 207 apprentices:

52 have already been appointed

120 join September/October 2013 on the Civil Service Fast Track scheme

11 join September/October 2013—IT higher apprenticeship programme

24 to be recruited January 2014

During 2014-15 and 2015-16, the IT Profession plan to offer a further 12 places each year to undertake a higher level 4 apprenticeship in IT.

HMRC consider apprenticeships as part of standard business and workforce planning processes. The final decisions on numbers will be determined and agreed, as part of the departmental workforce plans, and once confirmed HMRC may be able to offer more.

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