Set up by The Creative Society and Robert Halfon MP, the Parliamentary Academy is the first apprentice school in the UK Parliament.
Open to individuals between the ages of 16-24 who are non-graduates, the scheme aims to broaden access to Parliament and politics by giving young people a paid apprenticeship and a recognised qualification.
The Parliamentary Academy is the recipient of cross-party support and places apprentices with MPs from across the political spectrum. With the aim to make Parliament an inclusive environment for 16-24 year olds, from a large variety of backgrounds, the 12 month (52 week) apprenticeship scheme combines ‘on the job’ training, working in the Westminster office of an MP and college-based training.
Responsibilities include responding to constituent letters, research, maintaining press and media databases and general administration duties. The apprentice works in the MP’s office for three days a week, with every other Thursday spent on ‘off the job’ training.