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Departmental Work Experience

Volume 497: debated on Wednesday 14 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision is made to enable students to undertake work experience in his Department; and by what means members of the public may obtain information about work experience in his Department; and if he will make a statement. (288726)

The Department has committed to five places on the New Graduate Internships Programme announced by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills earlier this year.

The Department has placed nine students on the Cabinet Office's Ethnic Minority Summer Development Programme this summer. This offers training placements in Government Departments to high calibre candidates from black and ethnic minority backgrounds or those with disabilities, with the aim of increasing representation from those groups in the Fast Stream and Senior Civil Service.

The Department also regularly takes on one-year placement students and summer students within the analytical community.

In addition, some directorates arrange work experience placements locally. As this information is not recorded centrally, it would incur disproportionate costs to collect all the information requested.