From their website:
The IPT is an independent, non-lobbying, non-partisan charity that provides a trusted platform of engagement between Parliament and UK business. The IPT is dually supported by cross-party representation of senior parliamentarians on its Board of Trustees, and through the patronage of its industry supporters. The IPT is non-party political and works with all parliamentarians and businesses of any sector or size.
The IPT creates an environment that supports trusted, open and two-way dialogue between Parliament and UK business. IPT platforms engage, educate and inform, create lasting relationships and facilitate the exchange of ideas. Specifically, we aim to:
- Equip parliamentarians from all parties with a greater understanding of commerce and industry through non-partisan platforms
- Enable businesses of all sizes and from all sectors to develop knowledge of parliamentary and legislative processes
- Enrich policy debates by deepening the dialogue between Parliament and industry
- Support the efficient administration of government through our Civil Service Attachment Scheme
Parli-Training provides vocational training courses for MP’s staff, covering casework, office management and Parliamentary procedure. The courses are designed to offer professional guidance on how to assist the support staff of Members of Parliament.
We currently run eleven individual training courses for Caseworkers working in the constituency offices of MPs, a further six designed for Office Managers ranging from time management, HR and budget & accounting skills; and finally seven further courses applicable for Parliamentary Aides. Researchers and Assistants based within Members’ private offices in Westminster.
The courses have all been designed to match the specific requirements of support and enhance their ability to perform key tasks and responsibilities associated with working for an elected Member of Parliament.
From their website:
Westminster Explained is the division of Dods Training which delivers the core skills for dealing with Parliament, Government and policy making. The practical nature of our innovative workshops is blended with discussion and reflection on theory. This combination will help you implement or influence policy and legislation in the UK or on an international stage.
Our courses are aimed at anyone in any sector with an interest in how decisions are taken – and implemented – in government.
Working for an MP is an exciting and rewarding job, but at some point you may face exactly the same difficulties as you would in any other workplace – a dispute over your job description, a grievance against your employer or simply the need to put a collective case for improvements in working conditions.
The Unite Parliamentary Staff Branch represents staff of MPs and MEPs, both in Parliament and in the constituency, and has many trained shop stewards who will be more than willing to help, however small your problem may seem. Our members’ well-being in the workplace is of the utmost importance to the branch.
MPs’ staff find themselves in a difficult position in terms of claiming their basic working rights. Whilst, legally, our MP is usually considered our employer, it is IPSA and the House Authorities who are our de facto employers, setting our pay levels, contractual terms and conditions, and working environment. Staff pay and employment conditions suffered a significant blow when the IPSA MPs’ Expenses Scheme was introduced in 2010. Now, more than ever, it is important for MPs’ staff to speak with one voice on all of these issues, and the union is fighting to improve the terms for MPs’ staff under IPSA. The more staff who join, the stronger a case they can put for improvements in pay and conditions.
Unite has been representing the staff of Members of Parliament for over 25 years.
The Unite Parliamentary Staff Branch is part of the largest trade union in the UK, Unite, and is the only union recognised as representing MPs’ staff. It is the only union recognised by the Parliamentary Labour Party and is regularly consulted by the Houses of Parliament authorities on issues affecting staff. We hope that if you have not already done so, you will join.
Where we fit in…
The Unite Parliamentary Staff Branch is based in Region 1 of the Union (London and the South East) but includes staff from all over England, Scotland and Wales. It has members who work for MPs and MEPs of all the major political parties and most of the smaller ones.
There are some training courses which have been arranged specifically for Members’ staff, for which there have been very few bookings so far. If numbers do not significantly increase, they will have to be cancelled.
If you would like to reserve a place on any of the courses listed below please let Genna Mohammed know by close of play on Tuesday 21 October. She can be reached on ext. 1422 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mental Health Awareness
– 20 November 2014, 10.00 – 16.30 (London)
– 9 December 2014, 10.00 – 16.30 (Birmingham)
– 13 & 14 November 2014, 9.30 – 16.30 (York) 2 day course
Personal Independence Payments
– 4 November 2014, 9.30 – 16.30 (Manchester)
– 4 December 2014, 9.30 – 16.30 (London)
– 19 November 2014, 9.30 – 12.30 (London)