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 there, without access to the traditional routes.
The 2020/21 Scheme is now open for applications.
Closing date - 2nd of April 2020
Step telephone interviews - weeks of
13th and 20th of April 2020
Face to face interviews - weeks of
18th and 25th of May 2020
MP interviews - weeks of
15th and 22nd of June 2020
Start date - 5th of October 2020
Any questions? Please email email@example.com
The Speaker’s Parliamentary Placement Scheme is the House of Commons’ highest profile social mobility scheme, offering a 9-month paid internship working in the office of a Member of Parliament as a Parliamentary Assistant. The Scheme aimed is at talented individuals who are underrepresented in the Parliament, who have the skills, passion and potential to work in Parliament but who do not have access to the traditional routes in.
Successful candidates work in their Member’s Westminster office from Monday to Friday and spend at least one Friday in the month in the MP’s constituency office. Throughout their 9 months participants attend masterclasses, visits external workplaces and are given a career mentor to support them with finding employment upon completing the scheme. Masterclasses cover topics relevant to working in an MPs office; written communications, presentation skills, social media and media handling, and personal branding. Workplace visits, which are designed to broaden horizons and build professional networks have included Welsh Parliament, Tideway London, AXA, Portland Communications, and Mercedes Benz.
The Scheme opens in October 2020 and runs for 9 months. There are now 13 placements available with Members of Parliament from political parties across the spectrum.
“Before joining the Scheme I would never have thought I would end up working in Parliament. The Scheme has allowed people from all walks of life and backgrounds to gain access to Parliament. I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the Speaker’s Scheme and it made a positive impact on my life. I was employed by the MP after the end of the Scheme and have now been working for him for over three years, without the Scheme this would not have been possible.” Past participant
After the Scheme candidates are equipped to secure coveted roles inside and outside of Westminster. While many remain on in Parliament, working for MPs or political parties, others have gone on to successful careers in the charity sector, Civil Service, the private sector (typically in politically affiliated roles).
Successful candidates will need to complete a comprehensive security check in order to gain full access to Parliament.
Step and the House of Commons are Disability Confident Committed employers. If you require any additional assistance or adjustments during the application or interview process, please get in touch with Tamsin Millns on 0115 8718740 or email HofC@step.org.uk
PLEASE NOTE: Applicants may be chosen to work for MPs across all political parties so whilst you may have a political allegiance, you may well need to set this aside as you may be working for an MP who represents a different party.
Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK and / or hold a valid visa to cover the duration of the internship (October 2020 – June 2021).
Those from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities and disabled people are currently underrepresented and are encouraged to apply.
Successful candidates will be required to complete pre-employment checks which include security vetting to Counter Terrorist Check (CTC) level. Applicants who have resided outside of the UK for a total of more than two of the last five years are not usually eligible for vetting.
If you have any questions on any of the Speaker’s Parliamentary Placement Scheme opportunitiesContact Tamsin
Speaker's Parliamentary Placement Scheme 2020
Westminster | Internship
Salary: London Living Wage
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 in Westminster without access to the traditional routes.