The Creative Society is an arts employment charity that helps young people into jobs in the creative and cultural industries.
The Labour leader and the minister for apprenticeships are part of a new group of MPs to hire an apprentice through The Parliamentary Academy, Parliament ’s first apprentice school.
The scheme was setup in 2011 by youth employment charity The Creative Society (formerly New Deal of the Mind) and Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow, to address the difficulties that non-graduates face when attempting to access entry-level roles in Parliament. It has quickly attracted cross-party support.
The Parliamentary Academy offers non-graduate 18-24 year olds the opportunity to take up a paid, 12 month placement in an MP or peer’s parliamentary office whilst simultaneously studying for an NVQ in Business & Administration. Apprentices train together as a cohort, allowing them to share their experiences of working for different MPs and political parties in Parliament.
The number of MPs hiring through the scheme has continued to increase and also includes the first member of the House of Lords to recruit an apprentice, Baroness Royall of Blaisdon who has hired two.
Other MPs joining the scheme in December include Mel Stride and Stephen Barclay. They join Mike Crockart, Andrea Leadsom, John Woodcock, CCHQ , Mark Harper, Caroline Dinenage, Mark Prisk and Sadiq Khan who have previously hired an apprentice.
Ed Miliband said of the scheme: “I’m delighted to have recruited an apprentice through The Parliamentary Academy. With such a large number of young people struggling to find work, the scheme offers an excellent opportunity for people from a wide range of backgrounds to work in politics.”
Matthew Hancock commented: “I was delighted to take on an apprentice in my office through the Parliamentary Academy. I think it is an excellent way to give someone who is passionate about politics the opportunity to earn a fair wage, doing a real job in Parliament, whilst studying for a great qualification.
“The whole recruitment process has been very easy and my team has gained a valuable new member. I would strongly encourage all my colleagues in Parliament to look very carefully at hiring their own.”
Martin Bright Founder and CEO of The Creative Society said: “It is great news that more MPs have hired apprentices through The Parliamentary Academy. Senior MPs are beginning to recognise the importance of offering young people from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to work in Parliament and enabling them to embark on a career in politics.”