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Civil Service: Work Experience

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what summer placement internship schemes are available in the Civil Service for students (a) with disabilities, (b) without disabilities, (c) from an ethnic minority and (d) not from an ethnic minority. (256469)

[holding answer 12 February 2009]: The Cabinet Office is responsible for managing the Civil Service Summer Diversity Internship programme. The Summer Diversity Internship programme is open to undergraduates and graduates from black and ethnic minority backgrounds and those with disabilities. The programme seeks to provide high calibre ethnic minority and disabled undergraduates/graduates with a six-nine weeks work placement within Government Departments across Whitehall. The aim of the programme is to ensure that the civil service is bringing through a diverse range of people to further increase the capacity and capability of the civil service to better respond to the needs of the business and public.

The Cabinet Office is not responsible for centrally coordinating any internship schemes that are department specific and does not hold any information about these local schemes.

We have been in discussions with senior officials at the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills and other stakeholders about the proposed new National Internship programme and have offered our support to this programme across the civil service.