The Parliament Graduate Development Programme (Graduate Trainee)

Big Ben and Houses of Parliament
Big Ben and Houses of Parliament in night - London, United Kingdom

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Post Type  

Talent Management Programme, External

Working Pattern  

Full Time

Contract Type  



Β£27,775 per annum

Leave entitlement  

Starting at 30 days per annum, pro-rata


Civil Service Pension Scheme

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Do you want to make a difference at the heart of UK democracy?

For anyone with an interest in politics, current affairs and public policy, a role at the House of Commons or the House of Lords is fascinating. A career in Parliament will give you the opportunity to develop a range of skills and allow you to be close to the parliamentary process while remaining independent of party politics.  

The Houses of Parliament Graduate Development Programme allows you to play a part in the political events that will shape the future of our nation. As a Graduate trainee, you will work directly with MPs or Peers, and with senior staff, and have the chance to be involved in a variety of work from researching and writing briefs for influential select committees to supporting work in the Chamber of either House.

Over a four-year period the programme will include roles supporting the Chamber and Committees as part of a training programme designed to support graduates to build the foundations of their career in Parliament. In the Commons you will have the opportunity to work in other areas of the House (for example Research, Participation, Digital or Corporate Service teams) and in the Lords you will have early experience of line management. Throughout the programme you will receive extensive training from external and internal providers, based on your own development needs.

The House of Commons and House of Lords wish to attract candidates from as wide a range of backgrounds as possible. While you may feel that you do not have direct experience of all the types of work described, your particular experiences may be highly relevant if they have given you the capacity to develop these skills.

To learn how our current graduates have developed, visit our information page.

The person

  • 2:2 degree in any discipline (Or be predicted to achieve).
  • Good written and oral communication skills, and the ability to explain complex information clearly and succinctly.
  • An ability to provide politically impartial advice.
  • An understanding of how to research and organise material from a range of sources and use it to develop well argued, evidence-based conclusions using good judgement.

All applications must be submitted on the Houses of Parliament recruitment website. More information on the role and the full criteria can be found on the job description.