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Parliamentary work placement and Apprenticeship Programmes

The Houses of Parliament are determined to be a rewarding, inclusive and diverse place to work. Parliament has set up three schemes to offer opportunities to individuals who would not previously have thought to work here. These schemes offer the chance to work both for the House Service and for a Member of Parliament and provide opportunities to increase their employability for the future.

The united aim of the schemes is to try to reach out to the widest possible pool of talent and attract people who may not have considered a career in Parliament.

Apprenticeships at the House of Commons
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The House of Commons is an amazing place to build your career. As an apprentice working at the House of Commons you could join any one of our teams working behind the scenes to support democracy.

Undergraduate Sandwich Student Placements

Presents a variety of roles across multiple departments giving undergraduate students the opportunity to work on an 11-month placement in the House of Commons

House of Lords Apprenticeships
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The House of Lords runs a range of apprenticeships across our departments.

Apprenticeship Opportunities
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How to find an apprenticeship at the House of Commons, including details of pay and benefits for apprentice members of staff, and how to sign up for alerts when opportunities are available.

Krishna Shah: Finance Business Partner
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Krishna Shah has experience to share about what its like to be a House of Commons apprentice

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.