Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Want that Westminister work experience?

As part of my Skills for Work I have championed how important is for young people to be given the chance to take up work experience. Often work experience is closed off, aviable only to those with parents in the know or family connections.

Our local constituency volunteer work experience has been very successful with a huge number of young people, some still in school, some gradutes taking the oppurtunity to enhance their CV and get real work experience. It isn't a job description and there aren't set hours - it isn't a job but it is a chance to get some work exerience to help young people get ahead who are often met with 'experience only' job adverts.

We have decided to expand this to my Westminster office on a trial basis in the coming months. MP's have a limited staffing budget so the positions will be unpaid but we will be as flexible as possible to try and make the oppurtunity as open as possible.

Applicants should have:

A strong interest in politics, current affairs and government policy.
Strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills and strong IT skills. Good organisational skills, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment will be useful.

Becuase of nature of speech writing and so forth ideally candidates should be supportive of Conservative party and Coalition Government views.

Upon appointment you will be required to comply with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard, undertaken by the Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO).