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Departmental Work Experience

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many individuals have worked in his Department on (a) paid and (b) unpaid work experience or internships in each year since its inception; 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. (242118)

Since the inception of the Department in May 2007, the Ministry of Justice has taken on 11 individuals on centrally co-ordinated, paid placements. Not all work experience is organised centrally.

Other opportunities are offered by business areas, but this information is not collated centrally and could be determined only at disproportionate cost.

In 2007 the Department took on two Windsor Fellows and three interns from the Cabinet Office co-ordinated Ethnic Minority Summer Development Programme; and in 2008 it took on six interns from the Cabinet Office co-ordinated Ethnic Minority Summer Development Programme.

All interns worked a 36-hour week with lunch breaks.

The type of work they were involved in is given in the following table.

Intern

Business Area

Work Undertaken

2007

Intern 1

Probate Service Area Office

Reviewed and analysed information, wrote a report on findings.

Intern 2

Judicial Appointments and Conduct Ombudsman

Collated and analysed information, produced a report of findings.

Intern 3

Economics and Statistics Division

Conducted economic research and market analysis, and wrote a report on findings.

Intern 4

Learning and Development Division

Assisted in reviewing, designing and implementing a course.

Intern 5

Equality, Diversity and Humans Rights Division

Compiled response to proposals in a Green Paper. Co-ordinated work arising out of a review. Supported team in implementing a strategy.

2008

Intern 1

Tribunals Service

Project work—reviewed processes, analysed problems, produced a report of findings.

Intern 2

Tribunals Service

Project team member—drafted Equality Impact Assessment and Project's Benefits Management Strategy, updated risk registers, supported members of the team

Intern 3

Area Director's Office, Civil and Family

Project work—took forward and supported a number of small projects

Intern 4

Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Division

Helped team set up workshops and other events. Supported team in preparing the Secretary of States' Report on Disability.

Intern 5

OCJR

Helped facilitate and organise a National Conference. Supported the commissioning, collation and analysis of cross-governmental contributions to an annual report.

Intern 6

Analytical Services Directorate

Completed a business plan, carried out Research Quality Assurance on the plan, provided support to a best value tendering project.

The proportion in full-time education was 40 per cent. in 2007 and 50 per cent. in 2008.

All individuals completed their set period of work experience.

In 2007 the remuneration received was on average £371 and in 2008, £390.