Parliamentary Apprenticeship with Jack Lopresti MP

Location: Parliament

Salary: £6.50 National Minimum Wage / 30 hours per week


This 12 month apprenticeship scheme combines ‘on the job’ training, working for an MP in their office, with a formal qualification in Business & Administration.

Successful candidates will work in an office admin assistant role. Once a fortnight you will take part in workshops and carry out your study towards an NVQ Level 3 Business & Administration qualification.

Main purpose:

To play an important support role within the MP’s parliamentary office. Completing a course of study and obtaining work related professional qualifications. We are looking for a Parliamentary Apprentice who wants to learn to be a great personal assistant and has a can-do-attitude.

Roles & responsibilities:

  • Answering telephone calls and dealing with routine enquiries
  • Opening and distributing mail
  • Creating and maintaining information on systems and databases
  • General administrative duties including typing, filing, emailing and photocopying
  • Answering MP invitations
  • Organising meetings
  • Organising responses to campaign letters
  • Helping manage MP’s diary
  • Assisting with arrangements for events
  • Responding to enquiries by telephone and email
  • Arranging Houses of Parliament tours
  • Arrange public gallery tickets
  • Additional projects as required

Required abilities and experience:

  • Understand the office’s objectives and targets
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and multi-task
  • Excellent attention to detail, spelling and grammar with a high level of accuracy
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Must have strong initiative and excellent organisational skills
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office, email and internet

    Eligibility Criteria:
  • GCSE Maths and English at grade A*-C (GCSE certificates will be required)
  • GCSE ICT at A*-C desirable but not necessary.

NB – candidates with a degree/level 4 qualification are NOT eligible for this position.

Closing Date:  31/07/2015

Interview Dates:

First round interview: Week beginning 10/08/2015

Second round interview: Week beginning 17/08/2015

Start Date: 24/08/2015

How to apply:

Please email a CV and covering letter to Simon Bunney at In your covering letter please answer the following questions:

  • What are your strengths? (eg Team working, organising etc)
  • Why are you a good addition to an MP’s office?
  • What are your organisational skills?
  • Is there anything we can do to help you at an interview? (eg do you need a signer, information in Braille etc)
  • What are your interests and achievements?
  • What interests you about working for an MP? (maximum 250 words)
  • What are your future career aspirations? (maximum 250 words)

If you have any questions about the role please contact Simon Bunney on 020 7845 5835.


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