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Apprentices

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) apprenticeships and (b) advanced apprenticeships there were in (i) his Department and (ii) the agencies for which he is responsible in the most recent year for which figures are available. (206791)

There have been no apprenticeships or advanced apprenticeships in HM Treasury in the past year.

Of its agencies, the Valuation Office Agency had 22 staff undertake apprenticeships in the most recent scheme run by VOA which ended in 2006. There have been no advanced apprenticeships. Since the 2006 Programme, the VOA have switched from apprenticeships to stand alone NVQ’s at levels 2 and 3. The Royal Mint had four apprenticeships for 2007-08. No other agencies of HM Treasury had any apprenticeships.

HMRC does not currently have any apprenticeships but is taking part in the apprenticeship pathfinder being organised by Government Skills (the sector skills council for central Government), and aims to start at least 50 apprenticeships later this year.