Information for MPs: Traineeships

traineeships logoPledge to take on a Trainee

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.

Combining on-the-job training with formal learning, traineeships are a new accredited programme to provide non-graduate young people with the necessary skills and experience to access full-time apprenticeships or sustainable employment.

Taking the form of a structured intensive twelve-week programme, traineeships consist of classroom based learning, delivered by leading further education college Westminster Kingsway, specialist Masterclasses from The Parliamentary Academy, and short work experience placements in an MP’s office. Participants enrolled on the scheme will focus on the skills required to access entry level careers in politics and following successful completion of their traineeship, will receive valuable qualifications, support and encouragement in progressing to a Parliamentary Academy apprenticeship.

What a trainee can do for an MP

In addition to offering a fresh perspective on politics, policy and the work of your office, the structure of traineeships has been specifically designed to facilitate experience of day-to-day parliamentary life. This affords your trainee the concentrated time needed to make a meaningful contribution to the business of your office.

Why a Parliamentary Academy trainee?

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

We believe the programme will provide a vital new entry route into political careers for young people who may not otherwise see politics as a viable or realistic option. In encouraging school-leavers from diverse backgrounds to consider political careers you can help usher new and refreshing voices into politics.

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Will you pledge to take on a Trainee?

We plan to welcome our pioneering first cohort of trainees to Parliament in the spring. If you are interested in taking on a trainee please contact Simon Bunney or Jemima Greaves.

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