Speaker's Parliamentary Placement Scheme
The Speaker's Parliamentary Placement Scheme believes Parliament should be accessible to everyone. It is widening access by offering a 9 month paid placement to people who have the skills, passion and potential to work here but don't have access to the traditional routes in.
About the Scheme
There are 13 positions available with MPs from different political parties; three of these spaces are allocated for participants with disabilities.
The Scheme is open to people from all walks of life across the UK. In previous years, successful candidates have ranged from school leavers, to those in their mid-50s, and people who have moved to London from many different parts of the UK.
Successful candidates will spend their time getting to understand parliament by working with an MP in their Westminster office from Monday – Friday. Each participant will be assigned a buddy at the beginning of their placement who works in a role within the House of Commons to help them settle in and navigate into life at Parliament.
The Scheme also provides interns with:
• A chance to find out how business interacts with politics and to learn more about different career paths through a series of workplace away days hosted by corporate partners in professions such as law, insurance, engineering and the automotive industry.
• Throughout the duration of the Scheme, masterclasses are arranged for all participants covering topics such as confidence, public speaking, goal setting and time management.
• Each participant receives a personal career coach to help find employment at the end of the Scheme.
The Scheme gives successful candidates a detailed understanding of how the House of Commons operates, providing them with work experience in the political sector, along with the experience of working as part of a team in a small office environment. The aim is to equip participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to secure full-time employment after the scheme. Many of the interns previously on the Scheme still work in the House of Commons as Parliamentary Assistants or in other departments.
The Scheme was originally conceived and championed by the Rt. Hon. Hazel Blears MP and is now being led by Dan Jarvis MP and Victoria Prentis MP. The Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP, is a staunch supporter of the Scheme.
Mr Jarvis, Parliamentary Champion for the Speaker's Parliamentary Placement Scheme, said:
“As someone who didn't enter politics via a traditional route, I've always believed in the importance of opening up Parliament so that it looks, feels and sounds like the country it is there to serve. Extending the opportunity to work behind the scenes in the House of Commons is an important part of that process, and that is why I'm proud to be championing the Speaker's Parliamentary Scheme. It's been a privilege to see the fantastic contribution that the Speaker's Interns have made, and I would encourage anyone interested in gaining an experience of Parliament to apply for the Scheme in future.”
How do I apply?
Deadline for applications is Friday 29th March 2019.
If you have any questions, please contact: Diversity@parliament.uk