House of Commons to employ ten apprentices

The House of Commons is taking on ten young Londoners as apprentices, as part of a new prestigious scheme, it has been reported.

The initiative was set up as part of the Evening Standard’s Ladder for London campaign, to secure apprenticeships for the capital’s youth, and is being run by the Commons Authorities and the charity City Gateway. The apprentices will assist MPs on influential committees and work with Parliament’s communications team.

Clerk of the House of Commons, Sir Robert Rogers, said: “What I wanted to do was to give people an opportunity to work for Parliament and in Parliament who would never have thought this was a career open to them. What the Evening Standard is doing with City Gateway is just brilliant. We can show that the door is open. Also, there are huge advantages to us in having a more diverse workforce.”