Would you want to be the apprenticeship minister's apprentice? Matthew Hancock searches for next rising star

9th October 2013 at 14:00

It’s not a bad title to put on your CV: the apprenticeship minister’s apprentice.

And as Matthew Hancock - handed a promotion and expanded brief covering skills and enterprise in the government reshuffle - prepares to bid farewell to his first apprentice, Andrew Hill, another ambitious young adult will have the opportunity to gain experience working at the heart of government.

As revealed in our behind-the-scenes feature on the Parliamentary Academy to mark National Apprenticeship Week, apprentices working for MPs and members of the Lords have the opportunity to spend a year working in Westminster, alongside studying for a level 3 NVQ in business and administration at Westminster Kingsway College.

Crucially, they also receive at least the national minimum wage of £6.31 per hour, thanks to efforts by Conservative MP Robert Halfon to bring an end to the culture of MPs’ offices being staffed by unpaid interns.

Mr Hancock (pictured) has certainly been impressed with the scheme, particularly with the efforts of his first apprentice. “He’s hard-working,” he told TES back in March. “Andrew’s a great asset to the team. It’s been a positive experience. I would encourage every MP to get an apprentice; it’s good for you and good for them.”

Speaking about the appointment of his next apprentice, the minister said: “My apprentice performs an important role in my office helping me respond to and represent my constituents. Now my first apprentice is coming to the end of his studies I am looking for someone to take up the role.

"This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in politics and Westminister and a chance to work in the centre of both."

For more information about this and other vacancies, visit the Parliamentary Academy website

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