New apprenticeship vacancy with Mark Prisk MP

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We are now recruiting for an exciting position as Parliamentary Apprentice in the Office of Mark Prisk, MP for Hertford and Stortford.

If you are interested in a career in politics and looking to take your next steps towards a great career then this is for you. Apply here

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New apprenticeship opportunity with the Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP

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We are now recruiting for an exciting position as Parliamentary Apprentice in the Office of Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Opposition.

If you are a non-graduate with an interest in politics and looking to take your next steps towards a great career then this is for you. Apply here!

Ex-apprentice Monique Shockness: Mover and Shaker!

Movers and Shakers | Monique Shockness | Administrative Assistant to The General Secretary of The Labour Party

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Online magazine Precious Success, who connect, profile and support women of colour in business and the workplace, recently spotlighted former Parliamentary Academy apprentice Monique Shockness as someone making an impact in their field.

Currently the Administrative Assistant to the General Secretary of The Labour Party, Monique shares invaluable advice, reveals personal passions and speaks about the deciding factors in her career choice and development.

Read the whole story here: http://precioussuccess.com/movers-shakers/

New apprenticeship opportunities

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We are now recruiting for an exciting apprenticeship position with The Labour Party’s Digital Content team.

If you are a non-graduate who loves digital media, are good at communicating and looking to take your next step towards a great career then this is for you. Apply here!

Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2014

NAW2014 national_apprenticeship_weekLast week saw the triumphant return of National Apprenticeship Week, now in its seventh profile-raising year. The twittersphere was buzzing with talk of the contribution apprentices make to the economy, the positive benefits for young people and the businesses that employ them, and the ways in which these successes can be expanded even further. Everyone from Nick Clegg, David Cameron and Ed Miliband to Nora Senior, President of the British Chambers of Commerce was singing the praises of apprenticeships; music to our ears.

“People pursuing vocational education are just as bright, just as innovative, just as ambition, and just as go-getting as any undergraduate you will find”

Nick Clegg MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of The Liberal Democrat Party

It’s common knowledge that experience goes a long way in the workforce and, as Nick Clegg MP rightly pointed out, choosing not to go to university is in no way choosing not to advance your career. In fact, according to Office of National Statistics (ONS) statistician Jamie Jenkins, “the transition from education to joining the workforce may be more difficult without any prior work experience, which can help develop skills not learned on an educational course”.

The skills gap was also highlighted in a recent Telegraph article on UK youth unemployment, which highlighted the unfortunate reality that employed 16 to 24 year olds, whether in full or part time work, are likely to be in some of the lowest skilled roles. With their mix of earning and learning, apprenticeships are a tried and tested means of countering the trend towards unskilled, low paid jobs for young people who have chosen not to pursue a university education.

“I want it to be the new norm for young people to either go to university or into an apprenticeship… We need to look at how we can expand apprenticeship opportunities so that they are available to all young people who are ready and eager to take them up and aspire to get ahead in life”

David Cameron MP, Prime Minister and Leader of The Conservative Party

As we build towards the general election and politics becomes increasingly partisan, the consensus surrounding apprenticeships, and the cross-party support for such schemes, as seen in the Youth Unemployment APPG, is a strong indication of the huge benefits apprenticeships can bring to all involved.

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A Day in the Life…

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Apprentice blogger,  Breon Finch shares his experiences as an apprentice in the office of MP Andrea Leadsom.

A decisive time is underway in Parliament and the Office is busier than ever. The Economy has never mattered more to the individual and many people wish to protect what assets they have and are keen not to see their expenditures rising any more. The main concerns being raised are Fuel, Welfare, Health and Social Care, Environment and Beer Duty. In and amongst that mix we have a lot of Small and Medium Business owners contacting Andrea to share their issues, predictions and problems.

Another major topic is same-sex marriage. A difficult situation as there is a good argument on either side. Andrea is a Christian and she has made the decision that she needs to hear all the arguments for and against before making a final decision. A view I truly accept on many levels. It is a topic that will impact on a minority but affect generations to come and the views of society.

Mayoral elections are looming and as part of the campaign I joined Andrea and MP for Enfield, David Burrowes in campaigning for Boris Johnson. We were given a list of campaign points with facts and figures to memorise because it’s a hard job to talk to people off the cuff, however, really intriguing to experience the practical side of the job. Meeting people face-to-face to debate and discuss politics, in the open air, was a really interesting way for gathering opinions and much different to reading correspondence which I normally do in the office.

I attend Monday meetings in Westminster where the team get to provide feedback to the group about everything that has occurred and what they plan to do over the course of the week. This is instrumental for me to see Andrea and to discuss everything to do with casework and get updates from individual members in the team. We also use this time to think methodically and provide constructive feedback concerning situations that arise with casework because, as you may know, casework very much depends on the situation.

I am sure that these difficult decisions will spark electric debates and produce exciting politics that I will indeed be watching closely.