Treasury: Work Experience

HM Treasury written question – answered on 15th March 2017.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people undertook an unpaid work placement in his Department in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and how many such placements lasted for longer than one month.

Photo of Simon Kirby Simon Kirby The Economic Secretary to the Treasury

The Treasury hosts internships which are paid. There were no unpaid work placements over 2 weeks.

The Treasury participates in the formal civil service wide work experience scheme for school and college students. This is part of the government’s social mobility strategy. Work experience of 2 weeks or less is unpaid but there are costs to participating departments i.e. £1000-2000 per student. These costs support activities for the students on career choices, travel expenses and accommodation where the work-experience scheme is residential. The numbers of students hosted from the central scheme are below:


Civil Service Work experience students in HM Treasury











Informal work- experience is also permitted of less than 2 weeks for young people under the age of 22. These placements are unpaid and numbers are not collated centrally.

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