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Reference: 75613

Date Added: 29 July 2020
Closing Date: 28 August 2020

Job Title: Apprentice Caseworker/Policy Officer

Working For: Christian Wakeford MP (Bury South)

Location: Bury South

Salary: £20,000 per annum

Job Details

• Drafting responses to a range of policy and individual casework correspondence from constituents.
• Corresponding with constituents by phone, in person and via email.
• Liaising with appropriate Governmental agencies, charities, businesses and other organisations to resolve constituency matters.
• Ensuring records are kept and information is managed confidentially and accurately and in accordance with data protections legislation.
• Assisting the MP with surgeries and other meetings.

• Researching and drafting Private Members Bills and Ten-Minute Rule Bills
• Developing and maintaining good up-to-date knowledge of upcoming Parliamentary business and its potential impact on the Bury South constituency.
• Drafting written questions about topical policy issues.
• Critically analysing patterns of constituency enquiries and articulating the findings in reports and communication with the MP and staff members.
• Using information gathered to make further enquiries (i.e. use of Freedom of Information Requests) with external bodies for the purposes of recommending policy changes to Local or National Government.
• Working on various projects for All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs), to include setting up a vision document, assisting the APPG Secretariat’s to arrange meetings, arrange and attend research visits and compile in-depth reports to be presented to APPG members and outside bodies.
• Involvement in constituency campaigns including, writing campaign plans, drafting correspondence to outside bodies such as Local Council, contacting constituents, writing social media content/press releases, regular follow up correspondence to constituents.
• Opportunities to undertake shadowing opportunities with ministers/officials within local or national Government to gain an understanding of commercial considerations around purchasing and procurement, as well as other aspects of policy development and implementation.

Qualifications

• 5 x GCSEs including English Language and Maths (or level 2 equivalent) at grade C and above (or the new grade 4 and above)
• Level 3 qualification(s), including at least one of the below:
o 2 x A-levels at grade D and above; or
o BTEC Extended Diploma at grade PPP and above; or
o Level 3 apprenticeship; or
o Equivalent level 3 qualifications of at least 48 UCAS points.

Upon appointment you will be required to comply with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard, undertaken by the Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO). See Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO) page for further info. MPs generally pay staff in accordance with IPSA guidelines.

Closing Date: 28 August 2020

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews will be held on a rolling basis. There may be an appointment before the deadline, so early applications are strongly encouraged

Application Details

Applicants should send their CV (2 sides of A4 maximum) and a short cover letter (no longer than a page) explaining why they are suitable for the role by the 28th of August (10pm) to Jenny Rigby on jenny.rigby@parliament.uk

Website: http://www.christianwakeford.org.uk

Additional Notes