This Is It! Stockton-on-Tees
We are delighted to announce that our next This Is It! event is taking place on Monday 6 March in Stockton-on-Tees. In the heart of the North East of England, ARC Stockton Arts Centre will host an inspiring day for our Creativ... (read more)
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The Creative Society is an arts employment charity that helps young people into jobs in the creative and cultural industries.
The Speaker’s Parliamentary Placement Scheme is providing nine month paid internships in MPs’ parliamentary offices in London. There are 10 positions available with MPs from 4 political parties: Conservatives, Labour, SNP and Plaid Cymru. The Speaker’s Parliamentary Placement Scheme aims to tackle the culture of unpaid internships by providing a nine month paid work experience placement designed to open up Parliament to people from disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in politics but who would not be able to afford to work without a wage.
The Scheme is open to people of any age (no younger than 18), from all walks of life and every nation and region in the UK. In previous years, successful candidates have ranged from school leavers, to those in their mid-50s, and they moved to London from many different parts of the UK.
Successful candidates will spend their time getting to understand parliament by working with an MP in their office from Monday – Thursday. They will spend their Fridays in different departments in the House of Commons to gain an insight into how Parliament functions. Each intern will work in 2 departments, rotating halfway through the scheme. Examples of departments they could be working in are the House of Commons Library, Governance Office and Visitor Services. The scheme also provides interns with: a chance to find out how business interacts with politics through a series of corporate away days hosted by the scheme sponsors; a change to learn more about different career paths in politics through series of Masterclasses ; and a personal career coach to help with finding employment at the end of the scheme.
The Scheme gives successful candidates a detailed understanding of how the House of Commons operates, providing them with work experience in the political sector along with the experience of working as part of a team in a small office environment. The aim is to equip participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to secure full-time employment after the scheme. Many of the interns previously on the scheme still work in the House of Commons as Parliamentary Assistants or in other departments.
The Scheme is due to start in September, date TBC. During the first two weeks, successful candidates will be provided with tours of the House of Commons and introductory talks on the workings of it, as well as training in Microsoft Office, including introductions to Word, Excel and Outlook to equip candidates with a basic working knowledge.
Successful candidates will need to complete a comprehensive security check in order to gain full access to parliament.
The Speaker’s Parliamentary Placements Scheme welcomes enquiries and applications from everyone and values diversity in its workforce.
The Speaker’s Parliamentary Placements Scheme is an initiative currently led by Dan Jarvis MP with strong support from the Speaker of the House of Commons.
Speaker’s Parliamentary Placement Scheme: Parliamentary Intern
Wage: £9.40 per hour (London Living Wage).
Contract: 9 months.
Location: Portcullis House, Westminster, Central London.
Reports to: MP and in their absence, a member of staff within the MP’s office.
Hours: 37.5 hours/week (some evening work may occasionally be required) .
Duties and Responsibilities
Please note that this list is not exhaustive and duties will vary depending on the MP office successful candidates are assigned to. To get a better idea of the differences between the offices, please visit our Meet the Interns page and click on their profiles, which contain a description of their working week. All successful candidates will be office based and the role will revolve heavily around general office administration.
- Scanning and logging correspondence
- Answering calls
- Greeting visitors
Knowledge and Experience
How to apply:
Please save the documents in pdf format and write your name in the document title. You will find out whether your application has been successful during the week commencing TBC.
First round interviews will take place in Somerset House, London, during the week commencing June 26. For the first round, skype or phone interviews are available for candidates living outside the London area.
Second round interviews will be held in Westminster during the week commencing July 10. Candidates will be interviewed by the MP they would be working with. Places on the scheme will be confirmed after this interview.
Approximate Start Date:
TBC, likely start date week commencing 25 September 2017
If you have any further questions about the role that our FAQ page does not cover then please contact the firstname.lastname@example.org