Newquay & St Austell MP Stephen Gilbert seeks apprentice for constituency office

St Austell & Newquay’s Liberal Democrat MP, Stephen Gilbert, has announced that he will be appointing an apprentice to work in his constituency office in St Austell.

The one year placement, which is being delivered in partnership with Cornwall College Business, is open to anyone with an interest in learning office admin and political skills.

Stephen Gilbert recently helped the Cornwall Apprenticeship Campaign launch their 300 in 100 campaign to boost the number of apprenticeships on offer in Cornwall by an extra 300 by National Apprenticeship Week in March. The MP has also supported government measures to boost apprenticeship numbers, which have already more than doubled in Cornwall since the last election.

The apprentice will be dealing with members of the public over the telephone, helping to draft letters in response to policy or casework enquiries, supporting other staff in organising community events including advice surgeries and helping with general office duties.

The full job description and further information on how to apply is available at:

Commenting, Stephen Gilbert said:

“Apprenticeships are a fantastic way for young people to learn new skills and gain real practical experience in the workplace. I have worked in Westminster to improve access to apprenticeships; worked in Cornwall to campaign for more apprenticeship places locally and, now, I am proud to be advertising an apprenticeship opportunity in my own office.”

Jason Sugden from the Cornwall Apprenticeship Campaign said:

“We are delighted that Stephen has created an Apprenticeship opportunity in his constituency office.  Providing Apprenticeships for our young people will help us to bring more young people into work and develop their skills in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly”.  


Sally Foard, from Cornwall College Business said:

“Stephen Gilbert is offering an apprentice a unique and interesting experience; and we are looking forward to be working alongside them to deliver this. This is a real testament that local MP’s back the apprenticeship scheme and is prepared to support local young people.”

Stephen Gilbert added:

“The Cornwall Apprenticeship Campaign is doing a great job to promote the benefits of apprenticeships to more and more employers across the county and I look forward to continuing to work closely with them as they strive to achieve 300 extra apprenticeship places by March.”

“Cornwall College has an excellent reputation for vocational and academic skills training and I am looking forward to working in partnership with them as the successful applicant develops in their role.”