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Departmental Work Experience

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many work placements his Department and its predecessor offered to (a) school pupils, (b) university students and (c) graduates in each of the last five years. (274493)

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills was created on 5 June 2009 with the merger of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and Department for Innovation Universities and Skills (DIUS).

(a) DIUS offered 12 work experience places which were taken up by school pupils in 2008.

BERR and its predecessor DTI did not keep central records of the number of work placements offered to school pupils. Any such opportunities are arranged by individual business groups.

(b) and (c) Work placements in both DIUS and BERR for university students and graduates were arranged by the individual business groups. No central records were kept of the placements that were offered or the numbers that took up these positions.

BERR participated annually in the Cabinet Office Diversity Internship Programme for undergraduates and graduates from ethnic minority backgrounds which are under represented in the civil service. The scheme provides six to eight week paid placement scheme for students who are considering the civil service as a future career.

Based on the information available from 2003 to 2009, a total of 32 students have been placed in the Department as part of the scheme.