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Apprenticeships at the House of Commons

Did you know that approximately 3,000+ staff work behind the scenes at the House of Commons, supporting the democratic process in many different ways?

It takes a huge range of skills and experience to keep Parliament running, and we all contribute to supporting a thriving parliamentary democracy. We're politically impartial and take great pride in the vision and values which guide our work.  

At the House of Commons, we're committed to offering a positive, inclusive working environment where our people are valued no matter what their background.  

We offer a range of training and development opportunities which are designed to help and support everyone excel in their roles, progress their careers and reach their full potential with us.

Apprenticeship opportunities

Find out more about who we're looking for, the type of opportunities on offer and how to apply for a House of Commons apprenticeship.

 

What is an apprenticeship?

On an apprenticeship you’re employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, so you earn while you learn. 

At least 20% of your time is set aside for learning while the rest of your time is spent applying your knowledge and skills in the workplace doing the job you’re employed to do. 

What type of apprenticeships does the House of Commons offer?

Here at the House of Commons, we have a wide range of roles and can offer apprenticeships in most areas of the business.  Below is a sample of some of the courses you can do: 

  • Catering including Commis Chef, Chef de Partie
  • Business Administration
  • Human Resources
  • Project Management
  • Construction including Engineering
  • Digital Marketing
  • Public Relations and Communications
  • Policy Officer

Our apprenticeship opportunities are varied and based on the requirements of the business as well as individual teams.

We advertise our apprenticeships at different points of the year depending on business needs.

What are the benefits of doing an apprenticeship?

There are many benefits of doing an apprenticeship and you can do one at any stage of your career, whether you're just starting out or considering a career change or wanting to develop and learn something new. The benefits of starting an apprenticeship include:  

  • Role-relevant training leading to a nationally recognised qualification 
  • Learn while you earn at your own pace with a community of apprentices
  • Open doors to future career progression
  • Opportunity to meet personal development goals

Am I eligible?

The qualifications required depend on the level of apprenticeship you are undertaking.

For example, most Intermediate apprenticeships require a GCSE or equivalent in maths and English at grade C or 4 and above.

However, if you do not have these you can still do an Apprenticeship, but you must sit the maths and English functional skills at level 2. 

We will always outline what qualifications (if any) are required on the job description.

Other criteria include: 

  • You must be aged 16 or over (there's no maximum age limit)
  • You must be a UK resident for at least 3 years
  • You must not be in any other form of funded education, for example college or university 
  • You should not hold a qualification in a similar discipline to the apprenticeship at the same level or above 

Apprenticeship levels

There are four different levels of apprenticeship, ranging from levels 2 to 7.

Apprenticeships can take anything from 12 to 18months to 3 to 6 years, depending on the level you undertake. 

  Level Equivalent educational level
Intermediate 2 GCSE
Advanced 3 A Level
Higher 4, 5, 6 and 7 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor's or masters degree 

 

Apprentices share their experiences

Our apprentices answer questions about their careers and experiences of their apprenticeships, and offer advice for anyone thinking about an apprenticeship here at the House of Commons.

Read about life as a House of Commons apprentice

Our values

We’re proud of our organisational values, and we’re always looking for people who can bring them to life:

Inclusive

We value everyone equally. We respect each other and all have a voice.    

Courageous

We try new things. We own our actions and decisions and learn from our mistakes.    

Trusted

We trust each other to do a good job. We’re impartial and build confidence in Parliament through our integrity.    

Collaborative

We share our knowledge and experience. We work towards a shared vision and know we work better in partnership.    

Our commitment

Our commitment in return is to build a culture which is inclusive and enables people from a variety of backgrounds and experience to join us.