The Speaker's Parliamentary Placement Scheme is an initiative of Hazel Blears MP and backed by the House of Commons Commission, which offers ten paid placements to people from more diverse backgrounds and helps to make access to and experience of Parliament more representative of the UK population.
Launched in 2011, the scheme offers participants the opportunity to gain experience of the House of Commons and the work of MPs. Each nine month placement is assigned to one MP and works in their office for four days per week. One day per week is spent working in various parts of the House of Commons Service, helping participants to develop a range of experiences and transferable skills.
Applications can be made by visiting the Social Mobility Foundation (external site).