Your first step to an apprenticeship or further work

As part of a new training and employment scheme from BIS and DfE, The Parliamentary Academy is launching a new traineeship scheme to broaden access to Parliament with Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise, Matthew Hancock.

The Parliamentary Academy is the recipient of cross-party support and places trainees with MPs from across the political spectrum.

With the aim of making Parliament a more inclusive environment for 16-24-year-olds, from a wide variety of backgrounds, the 12-week traineeship scheme combines a high quality work experience placement in the Westminster office of an MP and college-based training.

The responsibilities usually held by a trainee include answering telephone calls and dealing with routine inquiries, creating and maintaining information on systems and databases, administrative duties, drafting responses to national campaigns and general office support. Trainees will gain valuable insight into the various activities of an MP’s Parliamentary office, have the opportunity to develop their skills in a unique and challenging environment, and attend debates and Select Committees in the House of Commons.

Trainees will work in an MP’s office Monday to Friday for six of the twelve weeks, with the remaining six dedicated to studying towards a Level 2 Business & Administration qualification with Westminster Kingsway College. Practical learning workshops from The Parliamentary Academy and specialist masterclasses, featuring a variety of guest speakers, will complement this learning.

The work experience will be unpaid as it is part of an education and training programme. Eligible 16-19-year-olds will be able to apply for a Bursary Fund to support their traineeship. Eligible 19-24-year-olds will be able to apply for Discretionary Learner Support Funds. Travel costs will be paid on the traineeship and, while at work experience, lunch expenses will be provided. In addition, Trainees on JSA or Universal Credit will continue to receive their Job Seekers’ Allowance while they attend the traineeship.

This Traineeship work experience is part of an education and training programme that is focussed on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for. At its core is work preparation training, English and maths for those who need it, and a high quality work experience placement.

Personal qualities:

  • Positive attitude
  • Willingness to take on a variety of tasks and work as part of a team
  • Interest in politics is desirable

Basic eligibility criteria:

  • Currently not in a job and have little or no relevant work experience
  • Aged 16-18 and qualified below Level 3 (A-Level) or 19-23 and qualified below a full Level 2 (5 GCSEs at Grade C or equivalent)

The Parliamentary Academy’s apprenticeship scheme in place, there is a logical path of progression available to trainees, allowing you to continue professional development and contribute further to Parliament and politics.

To apply for a traineeship please visit our Current Vacancies page.