The Parliamentary Academy Scheme
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.