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Apprentices

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 21 May 2008, Official Report, column 364W, on apprentices, how many apprentices his Department employs. (252084)

Government Skills is planning to prepare a central response based on the numbers participating in the National Apprenticeship Pathfinder in 2008-09. This will be in the form of a table showing participating Departments and number of apprentices on the programme.

The Department does not employ apprentices as part of the National Apprenticeship Pathfinder scheme. However, three staff are participating in the scheme in 2008-09 as part of their personal development.

We have also made a commitment in the Next Stage Review to double our investment in apprenticeships by 2012-13, but we aim to go further and faster and we are starting with an additional 5,000 apprenticeships across health and social care next year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 21 May 2008, Official Report, column 364W, 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. (256255)

Government Skills is planning to prepare a central response based on the number participating in the National Apprenticeship Pathfinder in 2008-09. This will be in the form of a table showing participating Departments and number of apprentices on the programme.

The Department is working with Government Skills on this initiative and three staff are participating in the National Apprenticeships Pathfinder during 2008-09 as part of their personal development.

We have also made a commitment in the Next Stage Review to double our investment in apprenticeships by 2012-13, but we aim to go further and faster and we are starting with an additional 5,000 apprenticeships across health and social care next year.