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Public Sector Apprentices

Volume 409: debated on Friday 18 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when recruitment targets for public sector apprentices in Government Departments will be introduced. [126787]

The target, recently agreed by Cabinet Office and Department for Education and Skills (DIES) Ministers, is that by the end of September 2004, the number of civil servants undertaking modern apprenticeships will be 28 per cent. of all staff aged under 25 not qualified to Level 2.Each Department is establishing its own arrangements for contributing towards the aggregated target.