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Dissolution of Parliament

The dissolution of Parliament took place on Thursday 30 May 2024. All business in the House of Commons and House of Lords has come to an end. There are currently no MPs and every seat in the Commons is vacant until after the general election on 4 July 2024.

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Houses of Parliament Graduate Development Programme


Do you want to make a difference at the heart of UK democracy?

The Houses of Parliament Graduate Development Programme allows you to play a part in the political events that will shape the future of our nation. You'll work with politicians from across the political spectrum on a day to day basis, helping to scrutinise Government policy and support the UK's parliamentary processes. 

What is the Houses of Parliament Graduate Development Programme?

On the Houses of Parliament Graduate Development Programme, you’ll be a clerk in either the House of Commons or the House of Lords. You can express a preference at final interview if you’d like and we’ll do our best to take it into account. You’ll be employed directly by whichever House you work for, rather than the Civil Service.

You’ll work with politicians from all parties to scrutinise Government policy and support the UK’s democratic process. You’ll be working closely with MPs or members of the House of Lords from day one and will learn the intricacies of how Parliament works.

Through a variety of roles you might manage inquiries and evidence sessions for a select committee, or be involved in directly supporting the work of the Commons or Lords Chamber and assisting in the passage of legislation.

The Houses of Parliament Graduate Development Programme will appeal to those with an interest in politics, public policy, and the constitution, and the scheme will give you the experience and skills you need to develop into a future leader of the organisation.


Most of the learning will be on the job, and you'll be in real roles with responsibility from the start. You will also receive extensive training, based on your own development needs, including;

  • an induction when you first arrive;
  • regular training sessions and seminars;
  • specialised programme of learning to help you gain an understanding of Parliament and parliamentary procedure
  • training and development opportunities, including visits to organisations relevant to Parliament; and
  • support from your line manager, the Graduate Development Programme lead in whichever House you're based, a peer buddy, and mentoring. 

Who are we looking for?

We welcome applications from candidates who have, or expect to achieve, a 2:2 degree or higher in any degree subject. We’re looking for individuals who have:

• excellent written and oral communication skills;
• the ability to build and maintain effective working relationships;
• the potential to provide politically impartial advice;
• skills in analysis and rapidly acquiring knowledge in unfamiliar areas; and
• influencing and persuasion skills

Why work for us?

The House of Commons and the House of Lords are committed to increasing diversity and to maintaining an inclusive workplace culture. We strongly welcome and encourage applications from underrepresented groups and diverse backgrounds.

We continue to develop working practices which will allow every member of staff to contribute their best, regardless of race, sex, marital status, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic.

If you have any questions about the Houses of Parliament Fast Stream, please email

Applications for the Houses of Parliament Graduate Development Programme 2024 can be made through the Civil Service Fast Stream 2024 website. Applications are now open and further information including how to apply is available on the Fast Stream website. 

Programme details

Programme details

  • Duration: 2-4 years
  • Salary: 27-30k (50k plus after promotion)
  • Location: London
  • Application requirements: An honours degree (2:2 or above) and eligibility to work in the UK.

Diversity and inclusion in Parliament

The House of Commons and House of Lords have established Workplace Equality Networks (WENs) that provide support, increase awareness and create an open forum for people from all backgrounds to come together to learn and share their experiences.  The WENs are open to all employees who support and champion the missions and objectives of the network. 

ParliABLE: in support of those who consider themselves to have a disability (visible and non-visible).  

ParliGENDER: in support of gender equality. The aim is to achieve gender equality across Parliament.     

ParliREACH: in support of increasing awareness and appreciation of race, ethnicity and cultural heritage in Parliament.     

ParliOUT: in support of LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersexual, and questioning) people in Parliament.     

ParliON: in support of promoting equality of opportunity across Parliament and working to raise awareness of issues around socio-economic inclusion. 

ParliCare: in support of raising awareness of and support for all staff within Parliament with caring needs.