The UK Parliament, made up of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, is at the centre of political life in the United Kingdom.
This fast-paced and varied programme in Parliament will give you the opportunity to develop a range of skills and allow you to be close to the parliamentary process while remaining independent of party politics. Working directly with MPs or Peers, and with senior staff, you will be involved in a variety of work from researching and writing briefs for powerful select committees to supporting work in the Chamber of either House.
We are looking for around four bright and hard-working candidates to join us in September 2020 at our offices in the Parliamentary Estate in Westminster, London. Two successful candidates are likely to be appointed to the House of Commons and two are likely to be appointed to the House of Lords. Our successful trainees will be offered a four-year training contract, and given the chance to be part of a dynamic and evolving institution at the heart of UK democracy, able to witness at first hand the democratic processes and political events that shape the nation
In both Houses your work will focus on supporting Members of the Lords or Commons in their parliamentary duties.
In either House you are likely to begin your career working for a select committee. This is likely to involve:
- managing committee inquiries, including: providing oral and written briefing material for committee members, liaising with and briefing committee witnesses, accompanying committees on visits and drafting committee reports;
- helping to manage a committee’s workload, agenda, advisers and staff;
- responding to queries from Members of the Lords or Commons and members of the public about the work of Parliament; and
- advising Members of Parliament on the customs, practices and ‘rules’ of Parliament.
In the Lords you will support the work of the House of Lords Chamber, as well as supporting a select committee, from an early stage in your training. In the Commons you might work in an office later on in your training which helps to support the work of the Chamber or a team supporting another business area.
Almost all roles involve substantial contact with Members of the House of Lords or House of Commons, as well as contact with external individuals, organisations and members of the public.
In either House you will receive structured training to build your parliamentary understanding and procedural knowledge, as well as on-the-job training.
A successful candidate will:
- have good written and oral communication skills;
- be able to provide politically impartial advice;
- be able to use the most appropriate techniques to influence or persuade others;
- be able to acquire knowledge rapidly in unfamiliar areas;
- have an understanding of how to research and organise material from a range of sources and use it to develop well argued, evidence-based conclusions using good judgement;
- be able to get on with people from all walks of life and the skills to build and maintain effective working relationships; and
- have good organisational skills, with demonstrable experience of planning and prioritising their own work to meet strict deadlines.
We have a competitive graduate benefits package, including, but not limited to:
- Annual Leave – starting at 30 days per year
- Access to the in-house gym
- Extensive career support through training from external and internal providers, based on your own development needs
- An environment that values diversity, inclusion and social responsibility
- Future opportunity to apply for promotion after probation period, with starting salaries of £49.5k
- Childcare voucher scheme
- Travel Loan Programme
There are 4 stages to the UK Parliament Graduate Development Programme recruitment process as follows:
- Online application and 350 word-question
- Video interview
- Written online exercise
- Assessment centre
You will know within 7 working days whether you have been successful between interview stages. The assessment centre will be held in Westminster.
- Applications close – 13th December 2019
- Shortlisted candidates receive written exercise – 20th December 2019
- Written exercise deadline – 10th January 2020
- Assessment Centres – Week commencing 10th February 2020
Thank you very much for your interest in the Houses of Parliament Graduate Development Programme. Please note that applications are screened on a first come, first served basis and we recommend applying as early as possible.
We look forward to receiving your application and meeting you in person.