The Creative Society, Robert Halfon MP and Westminster Kingsway run a school for apprentices in Parliament.
The Parliamentary Academy is the recipient of cross-party support and places apprentices with MPs from across the political spectrum.
With the aim to make Parliament an inclusive environment for 16-24-year-olds, from a large variety of backgrounds, the 12 months (52 weeks) apprenticeship scheme combines ‘on the job’ training, working in the Westminster office of an MP and college-based training.
The responsibilities usually held by an apprentice are responding to constituent letters, government research, maintaining press and media databases and general administration duties. The apprentice will work in your office for 3 days a week, with every other Thursday spent on ‘off the job’ training. The salary is to be met by the MP. For this scheme, we are requesting that all apprentices are paid a minimum of NMW, which is £6.08 per hour. Total salary to be met is £10,117.12.
College Training Information
Every fortnight on Thursdays, Parliamentary Trainees will be studying towards an NVQ Level 3 in Business & Administration. Parliamentary Trainees will engage in weekly workshops, broken down into different elements, such as performance management, business problem solving, employment rights and responsibilities and health and safety in the workplace.
This experience offers a unique opportunity to gain experience inside Westminster and provides the individual with a formal qualification in Business and Administration.
Taking on an apprentice brings real benefits; the opportunity to develop skills in times of high youth unemployment, but also benefits Parliament and our representative democracy. We feel that, due to the applicants’ diverse backgrounds, they can provide fresh insight for MPs and offer different ways of approaching political issues.