New minister’s new apprentice

Matthew Hancock chats to an engineering apprentice at West Suffolk College.
Matthew Hancock chats to an engineering apprentice at West Suffolk College.
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Wanted: an apprentice for Westminster’s newly promoted apprenticeships minister Matthew Hancock.

Just days after learning he was being promoted from a parliamentary undersecretary of state, the lowest ministerial rung, to a minister of state, West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock was advertising for an office apprentice.

He has been responsible for apprenticeships nationally since being appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Skills at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) last September. On Monday David Cameron made him Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise jointly in BIS and the Department for Education.

Two days later he Tweeted: “Do you want to be the Apprenticeship Ministers’s Apprentice? I’m hiring.”

It is not just an internship but a proper one-year apprenticeship with on-the-job training in the minister’s office leading to a formal level three qualification in Business and Administration.

The job is being advertised through the Parliamentary Academy scheme which has already placed apprentices with MPs and Peers across parties.

Matthew 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 Westminster and a chance to work in the centre of both. I encourage anyone interested to apply.”

The salary is at the national minimum wage of £6.31 an hour for 32 hours a week.

The job advert says the role is: “To play an important support role within a parliamentary office. Completing a course of study and obtaining work related professional qualifications. We are looking for an apprentice with a keen interest in politics.”

Candidates must have A-grades in GCSE maths and English, have good knowledge of Microsoft Office and ‘understand the values of The Conservative Party’. They must apply by 5pm on October 30.

To apply visit the Parliamentary Acadamy website