Vacancy for a Trainee in Brussels

Labour Party

Every year I recruit at least one trainee (stagiaire in European Parliament terms). One of the pleasures of my job has been seeing a succession of bright young people who have worked for me as trainees and subsequently achieved greater things.

Previous trainees  have gone on to work for MPs and MEPs, become councillors, lobbyists, worked in organisations promoting equality, have worked at No. 10 Downing Street, for the Labour Party, government ministers and many other jobs. I would like to thank my most recent trainee Ruby Thompson for all her work and I am delighted she has joined my staff team as an assistant.

If you, or someone you know, would be interested in working at the European Parliament in Brussels, please write to me. Applications should be in writing to ruby at maryhoneyball dot net. Please send your CV and a covering letter explaining why you would like the post and what you would bring to it.

The position will pay £14,000/year and is based at the European Parliament in Brussels. The vacancy is to be filled as soon as possible and will conclude in late July 2011. There is a possibility this placement may be further extended. This post will particularly follow the work of the Legal Affairs Committee. A knowledge of this area will be an advantage but is not essential.

The closing date for the vacancy is Friday 1st April at 5pm.

Interviews will be on April 6th and 8th in Central London.

Duties will include:

  • Dealing with constituents by written correspondence, email, and telephone in an efficient and friendly manner.
  • Other general organisational and administrative duties.
  • Attend committees when needed and other meetings.
  • Undertake general administrative/secretarial tasks e.g. inputting / database management.
  • Assist with the work of other colleagues as required and communicate appropriately with internal and external contacts.
  • Competent use and knowledge of IT and social media.
  • Other duties as required.
  • Candidates should have the following skills and qualities:
  • Good communication and secretarial skills and experience of working in small team.
  • Literate in Microsoft Office software, including MS Outlook and MS Word.
  • Ability to manage and prioritise own workload with minimum supervision.
  • Good team working ethic
  • 35 hrs per week.
  • A knowledge of the Labour Party and British politics.
  • And finally ……..If you are thinking of working for a MP or a MEP you may wish to take account of the information in the excellent guides you will find on the site written by blogger Sadie Smith.