SEO London is proud to continue in the partnership with the House of Commons after a first year of shared success in their Graduate Development Programme. On the back of the success from the 2016-17 cycle, the House of Lords will join the partnership as both Houses will recruit graduates directly for their September 2018 entrances.
The four-year Graduate Development Programmes for both the House of Commons and the House of Lords offer you the chance to be part of a dynamic and evolving institution at the heart of U.K. democracy. You will be able to witness at firsthand the democratic processes and political events that shape the nation. You will work directly with MPs or Peers and with senior staff, and have the chance to be involved in everything from researching and writing briefs for influential select committees to support work in the Chamber of the House of Commons and Lords – for example, advising on amendments to legislation or questions tabled on government policy.
Managing committee inquiries, including: providing oral and written briefing material for committee members, liaising with and briefing committee witnesses, accompanying committees on visits and drafting committee reports.
Working to improve public engagement with an understanding of Parliament.
Working as part of the Restoration and Renewal Programme Team to help plan for the refurbishment and renovation of Parliament’s buildings.
Supporting the Finance, Audit and HR functions of the organisation.
Provide research services and briefings to MPs and staff.
The House of Commons and House of Lords Graduate Development Programmes are an opportunity for final year undergraduates or graduates to launch a career in Parliament. Successful completion of the Programme is designed to equip you for promotion to A2 grade (Senior Clerk).
To apply for either (or both) programmes, you will need to complete a written application. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to undertake assessments (written and oral) and, if successful, will be invited to a final interview in February/March 2018.
What we do at SEO changes life chances. When our young people start successful career journeys, they inspire others and access economic opportunities. They contribute to a world where ethnic and socioeconomic diversity is celebrated as a central pillar of the workplace.
The giving back ethos of our alumni, candidates and supporters keeps our programmes flourishing. We’re grateful to all of you that contribute your gifts in so many ways.