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Departmental Work Experience

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many individuals have worked in his Department on (a) paid and (b) unpaid work experience or internships in each of the last three years; on average how many hours a week were worked by such people in each year; what types of work each was involved in; what proportion were in full-time education; what proportion did not complete their set period of work experience; and how much those who received remuneration were paid on average per week in each year. (242110)

The central Department and its agencies’ employment of (a) paid work experience or internship placements and (b) unpaid work experience or internships in each of the past three years is shown in the following table:

The Highways Agency maintains no central record of the number of students that have been placed in voluntary work experience.

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency and the Driving Standards Agency can provide the information requested only at disproportionate cost.

Department for Transport work experience and internship placements, last three calendar years

Work Experience or Internship

Number of participants

Paid/ unpaid

If paid, what weekly wage

Job role and business area

Weekly hours

Calendar year

In full time education

Individual completed set period

Internship

8

Yes

1

Administrative

36

2006

Yes

Yes

Internship

1

Yes

£290

Variety for experience

37

2006

Yes

Yes

Internship

7

Yes

1

Administrative

36

2007

Yes

Yes

Internship

2

No

n/a

IT Support

37

2007

Yes

Yes

Internship

2

Yes

1

Administrative

36

2008

Yes

Yes

Internship

2

No

n/a

IT Support

37

2008

Yes

Yes

Work experience

15

No

n/a

Administrative

37

2006

Yes

Yes

Work experience

1

No

n/a

Sorting mail

15

2007

Yes

Yes

Work Experience

1

No

n/a

Administrative

35

2007

Yes

Yes

Work experience

18

No

n/a

Administrative

37

2007

Yes

Yes

Work experience

1

No

n/a

Sorting mail

15

2008

Yes

Yes

Work experience

21

No

n/a

Administrative

37

2008

Yes

Yes

1 Unavailable: Responsibility delegated to the line and not held centrally.

Opportunities to undertake paid and unpaid work experience are provided by individual Government Departments as a means of providing an introduction to the Civil Service and a way of helping individuals to make longer-term career decisions.

Some work experience schemes are aimed at individuals with an interest in a specific area or profession such as the work of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office or the Government Legal Service. Others, such as the diversity internship programme which has the summer placement scheme for individuals with a registered disability and the summer development programme for individuals from a minority ethnic background, are available for graduates or undergraduates who might be considering the fast stream scheme.