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Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the answer of 20 May 2008, Official Report, column 244W, on apprentices, what progress has been made on increasing the number of apprentices in his Department; and how many apprentices his Department employs. (251966)

The Royal Parks runs a three year apprenticeship scheme, which commenced in September 2007. There are currently nine first year apprentices and six second year apprentices. Recruitment for a further 10 apprentices will begin in early February 2009.

In 2008-09 there are currently no DCMS staff undertaking apprenticeships or advance apprenticeships, but places continue to be offered and advertised on the in-house intranet for management and administration.