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Labour Party apprenticeship: Ed Miliband wants assistant to help run his office

The post holder must handle "sensitive and confidential matters discreetly
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Labour leader Ed Miliband is looking to hire an apprentice to assist with running his office.

The job description for £8.80 per hour position states that it is “essential” for candidates to have a good knowledge of the Labour Party and its structures, be able to handle “sensitive and confidential matters discreetly”, and have a minimum of a A*-C grade in GCSE Maths and English.

Applicants who want to gain the job title "Parliamentary Apprentice" are asked to answer what interests them about working for Mr Miliband, and what they think the most important issues will be for votes in the 2015 General Election – both in fewer than 250 words, the Telegraph reported.

The advert continues that the role, which pays the London Living Wage, is based at the House of Commons, and will see the successful applicant give administrative support in the office, book Mr Miliband's accommodation and travel, and order stationery, among other tasks.

While the job is described as “full-time, Monday to Friday,” the advert explains that the “post holder will be expected to adopt a flexible approach” and may be asked to help with projects “outside the scope of this job description” upon Mr Miliband’s request.

The vacancy is being advertised on the Parliamentary Academy website – the first apprentice school for 16 to 24-year-olds in the UK Parliament.

The advert comes after Mr Miliband announced last week that young unemployed people who do not undergo training courses to gain key skills could lose their benefits under a Labour government.