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Departmental Work Experience

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) paid and (b) unpaid graduate internships his Department has awarded in each of the last six months. (281516)

In each of the last six months the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has awarded no graduate internships, on either a paid or unpaid basis.

Five graduate internships commenced placements with DEFRA on 6 July 2009, three via the Cabinet Office Summer Development Programme (ethnic minorities) and two from the Summer Placement Scheme (disability). All interns are engaged on a paid basis at executive officer level.

DEFRA is actively exploring ways of increasing its graduate internship numbers via HMG’s Public Sector Jobs imperatives, and we are registered as an organisation with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Graduate Talent Pool online matching programme.

We anticipate recruiting graduate interns via the Cabinet Office schemes mentioned above in 2010.