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Home Office: Work Experience

Home Office written question – answered on 19th February 2020.

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Photo of Seema Malhotra Seema Malhotra Labour/Co-operative, Feltham and Heston

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people aged (a) 16 and under and (b) over 16 years old undertook work experience in his Department in each of the last three years.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

The Department does not offer any formal work experience opportunities to individuals aged 16 and under.

The Department participates in a number of programmes open to individuals over 16 years old.

The Summer Diversity Internship Programme is a six to nine-week paid internship for individuals in their last year of undergraduate study, organised by Cabinet Office. The Early Diversity Internship Programme is a one-week shadowing opportunity for first year undergraduates, organised by Cabinet Office.

There is also a shorter Work Experience programme for individuals aged 17 to 18, organised by Cabinet Office. We also participate in Movement to Work, a work experience programme for young people (18-30 years old) who are not in education, employment or training.

In 2019 we also ran a Smart Futures programme for young people (16-17 years old). Placements numbers for the last three years are detailed in the below table:

Programme

2019

2018

2017

Summer Diversity Internship Programme

24

23

22

Early Diversity Internship Programme

12

8

8

Work experience programme

2

0

2

Movement to Work

5

5

0

Smart Futures

10

0

0

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