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Departmental Work Experience

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) paid and (b) unpaid graduate internships her Department has awarded in each of the last six months. (281509)

The DWP supports a small number of paid and unpaid internship/work experience schemes but these are all aimed at undergraduate or sixth form students. Therefore the number of such placements offered to those who have already graduated over the past six months is nil.

We have already indicated our commitment to the new Graduate Talent Pool initiative so will be offering places under this scheme from September.