Friday, 21 March 2014

Two opportuities for young people ..

Community Union bursaries for young people into higher education

I saw this tweet earlier this week from Community Union. I'd encourage any Union member or their family who thinks they may be eligible to follow the link and read the application form. 

Community Union (@CommunityUnion) We're offering 20 bursaries worth up to £4500 to help a member or their child into higher education…

An apprenticeship with an MP

I am highlighting The Parliamentary Academy, Parliament’s first apprentice school, which recruits non-graduate apprentices to work in MP’s offices for a year. It will be with an MP of a Party of your choice.

I'll be supporting the Parliamentary Academy Apprenticeships scheme. The project is about encouraging people from non-university backgrounds into working in Westminster or MP's offices. 

Politicians and our staff should be representative of our constituencies and taking on young people from all backgrounds is part of this. If you're a young person interested in finding out some more about the scheme then please email me or contact my office on 01254 382283.

The scheme stemmed from a desire to broaden access to entry level jobs in Parliament by creating positions for young people who have chosen not to go to university. Apprentices on our scheme work in an MP’s office 4 days a week and train fortnightly at Westminster Kingsway College for a Level 3 NVQ in Business and Administration.

The real advantage of the scheme is that the apprentices train as a cohort so they can share their experiences of working with different MPs and peers, rather than working in isolation. We also arrange monthly masterclasses where we invite people who work in politics (journalists, think tanks, special advisers) to give apprentices an insight into the different roles available to them later in their career.

The apprenticeship programme has gained cross-party support, placing apprentices with MPs from all three major parties.