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Apprentices

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 4 June 2008, Official Report, column 947W, on apprentices, what progress his Department has made towards meeting its share of the Government's commitment to employ over 1,000 apprentices in central Government Departments and agencies in 2008-09. (256253)

My right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Children Schools and Families, and for Innovation Universities and Skills together with other members of the Cabinet this week announced 21,000 new apprenticeships in the public sector to deliver on the Government's pledge earlier this year to create 35,000 additional apprenticeship places. This will considerably expand the number of apprenticeship places in frontline public services including hospitals, schools, colleges and town halls across the country in 2009-10. The following table sets out the number of people undertaking apprenticeship training as part of the Government Skills National Apprenticeship Pathfinder scheme in 2008-09:

Department

Numbers currently on apprenticeship programmes

Total numbers expected to start apprenticeship programmes in 2008-09

BERR

1

1

Cabinet Office

4

4

DCLG

8

8

DCSF

20

27

DIUS

19

22

DoH

1

3

Driving Standards Agency

84

84

DWP

195

195

FCO

0

64

GCHQ

10

10

HMRC

16

155

HM Treasury1

0

0

MoJ

353

353

HO/UKBA

260

336

MoD

62

62

ONS

68

68

Total

1,106

1,395

1 I refer the right hon. Member to the reply to his question of 9 February 2009, Official Report, column 1618W.