The Arts Council of England

Policy Officer Apprentice, Research

Employer:

The Arts Council of England

Training Provider:

CAPITA PLC

Annual wage £24,433.00
35.0 hours per week Shifts TBC.
duration: 24 months
start: 23 March 2020
London
Higher(level 4-7)
Policy Officer (apprenticeship standard)
11 March 2020 (application closing date)
We are recruiting for a Research Policy Officer apprentice to join our Policy and Children and Young People teams. This is an exciting opportunity to learn and develop in a key area of our organisation.

Responsibilities

This role offers a superb opportunity to join the Arts Council’s Policy Team at an exciting and important time, as we deliver the strategy (Let’s Create) that will outline how we will support arts and culture in England for the next 10 years, from 2020-2030 – in terms of key priorities such as the great work that is produced, how young people and their communities can take part, and the contribution that the arts and culture make to the UK economy.

Throughout the time within this role, your responsibilities will increase as your training progresses, and as you become more experienced and confident.

At the start of your apprenticeship, duties may include:

  • Supporting project management
  • Booking rooms for colleagues
  • Taking notes at meetings, and producing minutes
  • Supporting the organisation of meetings and events, including managing invitations and organising catering and refreshments
  • Monitoring budgets and dealing with suppliers

By the end of your apprenticeship, your responsibilities will include:

  • Undertaking desk-based research into specific policy topics relating to Children & Young People including Music Education
  • Producing briefings for meetings and senior management
  • Representing the Children & Young People team at internal and external meetings
  • Representing the Arts Council at external meetings and events
  • Analysing internal and external consultation responses and using these as the basis for policy recommendations, including in relation to development of Arts Council England’s new 10-year strategy
  • Supporting the Policy Officers to maintain a log of external consultations, and manage the Arts Council’s responses to these
  • Undertaking desk-based research into specific policy topics
  • Producing briefings for meetings and senior management
  • Representing the Policy team at internal meetings
  • Representing the Arts Council at external meetings and events

Candidates are required to comply with the Arts Council’s Equality and Diversity policy, for which training will be given.

Future Prospects

This apprenticeship will prepare you well for a range of future roles, both in the cultural sector, the public sector and many areas of the voluntary and private sectors. Skills and experience that you’ll gain will include:

  • An understanding of the Arts Council England’s work
  • An understanding of the arts and cultural sectors, and how these are affected by public policy
  • Experience of policy and strategy development, strongly transferable to a range of professional environments
  • Project management
  • Able to work effectively within a team but also take responsibility for working independently
  • Confidence in dealing with enquiries and building positive relationships with internal and external colleagues
  • Experience of working across a range of systems including Microsoft Office programmes

Reality Check

  • This is a Policy Officer role; the successful candidate will need to have an interest in influencing government policies
  • Be available for interview from 16th March 2020 with a possible start date of 23rd March 2020

Skills Required

  • Keen to learn and develop your skills
  • Organised with the ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritise workloads
  • Flexible and able to use your initiative
  • Positive and proactive work attitude
  • Confident and friendly manner
  • Enthusiastic team player
  • Ambitious for self and others
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Enjoy finding improved ways of working
  • Communication skills – speaking, listening and writing
  • An interest in the arts and culture and/or society and current affairs
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and the ability to learn new systems quickly

Qualities Required

  • Confident and friendly manner
  • Enthusiastic team player
  • Ambitious for self and others
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Enjoy finding improved ways of working
  • Communication skills – speaking, listening and writing
  • An interest in the arts and culture and/or society and current affairs
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and the ability to learn new systems quickly

Qualifications Required

 Level 2 qualifications

  • 5 GCSEs including English Language and Maths at grade C/4 and above or equivalent

Level 3 qualification(s), including at least one of the following:

  • 2 A-levels at grade D and above
  • BTEC Extended Diploma at grade PP and above

Level 3 apprenticeship

  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications of at least 48 UCAS points

Training Provided

  • Policy Officer Level 4 Apprenticeship Standard
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