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)
THIS IS IT! was exactly what I needed. It left my mind whizzing with ideas. I don’t know what the future holds but I will keep working and keep climbing the ladder.”
The Creative Society is an arts employment charity that helps young people into jobs in the creative and cultural industries.
Speaker’s Scheme Application FAQs
Does the scheme have an age limit?
Anyone aged 18 and over is eligible to apply for the Speaker’s Scheme. We accept and welcome applications from mature candidates.
I have a university degree, am I still eligible to apply?
We encourage applications from graduates and non-graduates alike. Nobody is too-educated or not educated enough to apply for the scheme.
Can I apply if I’m a student?
While the placement is called “internship”, it’s a full-time paid internship and functions like a normal full-time job. You would be expected to work a full working day, Monday to Friday (usual hours are 9 to 5.30). If you are a full-time student, these hours would clash with your studies and you would not be eligible to apply. You are eligible to apply as a student if you take a year off from your studies.
What is the minimum educational attainment required to apply for the scheme?
There is no minimum educational attainment to apply for the scheme. The tasks that are required for the role do however require strong literacy and numeracy skills.
What kind of previous work experience is needed to apply for this scheme?
The nature of your previous work experience is not as relevant as the skills you have gained through it. We are looking for transferable skills, and as long as you can demonstrate that you have the skills outlined in the job description then we will consider your application. Click here to see what work experience the interns on the 2015-16 cohort had before they applied to join the scheme.
Politics and MP matching
What do you mean by “passion for politics”?
In the person specification, we indicate that having a passion for politics is essential. There isn’t one specific way in which you can demonstrate a passion for politics; it will be different for each person. For some, it might mean that you eagerly follow the news for latest updates on what’s happening in Parliament. It might mean that you are involved in the local branch of your party, and volunteer for them. It might mean that you are passionate about increasing diversity in politics, and want to be part of a scheme that helps support this cause. It might also be less “traditionally” political, and your interest in politics might come from work experience in your local community. Many of the applications we saw last year came from candidates who became passionate about politics after community activism, or volunteering or campaigning for certain causes. It doesn’t matter what your passion for politics looks like; what matters is how you are able to convey it in your application. We need be able to read your application and understand why you care about working in Parliament and being part of the Speaker’s Scheme.
Will I be able to choose my MP?
You will be able to choose the party you work with, but you will not be able to choose your MP. You will, however, be able to express a preference.
Is it important to be party political?
No. We do not expect you to be party political. This is however a unique opportunity to work in Westminster so we are keen to give it to individuals who, party political or not, show a keen interest in political issues and a passion for working in Westminster.
Relocating to London
Is there any support for accommodation?
We are unable to provide you with accommodation, but we do provide plenty of information, advice and support with your move to London if you need to relocate for the role. Please don’t let this stop you from applying. Last year many interns relocated from different parts of the UK and were able to quickly find housing. We understand that looking for accommodation in London is daunting and expensive, and we will be present and supportive in this process.
Application and interview process
Can I ask for feedback on my application?
Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are only able to provide feedback to the candidates we interview. We are unable to provide feedback to unsuccessful written applications.
We accept academic references from teachers and university lectures. If you have work experience, we accept references from former employers. If you have volunteering experience, we will accept a reference from an employee of that institution or group, or from a volunteer coordinator. All reference contact details must be professional rather than personal. If you don’t have two references, please write the details for the reference you have, and we will request a character reference if you are successful and your place is confirmed on the scheme.
I live outside London – do I have to travel to London for the interview?
The first round of interviews with The Creative Society does not require you to travel to London; Skype or phone interviews are available during this phase. You are required to travel into London for the interview with the MP, which will be held in Westminster. We will reimburse your travel expenses for the second round interview with the MP.