Help MP say ‘You’re hired!’

February 14, 2013 4:43 PM

Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake, is looking for a political enthusiast to join his team as an Apprentice Caseworker.

In 2011, the Government announced plans to create 100,000 new apprenticeships, as well as increase the budget allocated over the current Government by £222 million a year. In a bid to make Parliament more inclusive, a Parliamentary Academy (PA) has been established, offering young people an opportunity to experience working for an MP.

As part of the scheme, Tom Brake is offering a 12 month placement which combines a hands-on experience working for an MP, with formal a qualification in Business and Administration. The position will be paid.

Tom said:

"I would like to do my share to promote apprenticeships and am looking for an Apprentice Caseworker to help me in my constituency office. It is an exciting opportunity, and I am really hoping to see many applications from the Carshalton and Wallington area."

"Apprenticeships are an excellent way for young people to get hands-on training and skills they can use in today's tough economy. They can help make small business stronger by harnessing fresh talent. In the fight against youth unemployment, paid apprenticeships should be one of our weapons of choice."

The successful candidate will work in the Carshalton and Wallington constituency office for 4 days a week, with every fortnight on Thursday spent studying towards the Business and Administration qualification. They will also take part in weekly workshops, designed to teach different skills, such as performance management, business problem-solving, employment rights and responsibilities and health and safety in the workplace.

'Martin Bright, Founder and CEO of charity New Deal of the Mind who run The Parliamentary Academy, said "I am delighted that Tom Brake has decided to hire an apprentice - He clearly recognises the benefit of broadening access to careers in politics. I hope this inspires more MPs to hire apprentices in their constituency or parliamentary offices."'

The Government has introduced a number of policies aimed at encouraging both young people to take up apprenticeships and businesses to take apprentices on. The 2010/11 academic year saw a 63 % increase in the number of people who started an apprenticeship, compared with previous year.

If you are interested in applying, or would like to find out more, please go to

Hurry - applications close 22 February 2013!

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