Public Affairs Intern

Applications close 5pm on Friday 29 September 2023

Are you ready for your next challenge? Ufi VocTech Trust has a vibrant working environment and we welcome diversity of thought and perspective to help create exciting and innovative projects, venture investments and partnerships.

Everything we do is focused on our goal of developing digital tools and solutions which help more adults develop the skills they need for work.

It is an exciting time to join Ufi as we continue to increase the development and take up of great quality, engaging and inclusive digital tech for adult learners.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and proactive student, completing the final year of an undergraduate degree or a masters’ degree in a relevant subject. The successful applicant will work closely with Ufi’s Public Affairs Manager in the delivery of our public affairs strategy. We are looking for someone with a good understanding of UK politics who is interested in developing the skills necessary for a career in public affairs, advocacy, or politics.

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About the role

We know that the greatest impact we can have is by catalysing change in others. The organisations we support contribute to a wider story about the positive impacts of digital technology for adult vocation learning (VocTech).

We are a small, 100% virtual organisation but have always worked hard to have an impact far greater than our size and this means that we have to work closely as a team. The successful candidate will need to be good at working as part of a collaborative team and comfortable with remote working throughout the internship.

We are committed to providing a worthwhile and engaging internship experience that will enrich your understanding of what a public affairs role could be. We will provide the successful applicant with a grounding in the basic tasks of a public affairs function that will be useful to any career later in life. We are an enthusiastic team that recognise the significant function that this internship will fill and are eager to support you in getting the absolute most out of the experience.

What will I be doing?

  • You will support the delivery of Ufi’s public affairs strategy, working closely with the Public Affairs Manager and wider team.
  • You will learn how to perform several key public affairs tasks, such as stakeholder mapping, stakeholder engagement, and briefing.
  • You will help plan and deliver stakeholder engagement campaigns.
  • You will support the delivery of our event work, including those we deliver ourselves and our participation in external events.
  • You will gain an understanding of the work of a public affairs professional and have exposure to a range of other functions, such as communications and partnerships.
  • You will be able to start in October 2023 and work alongside us up to April / May 2024. The specific end date can be negotiated, with flexibility to fit around the end of your studies and any examinations.

What skills & experience do I need?

  • Be a final year undergraduate student or masters degree student in a relevant subject.
  • Good knowledge of the UK political environment and eagerness to learn more.
  • Great written and oral communication skills.
  • Adept at distilling sometimes complex information into key messages clearly and succinctly, adapting style to the audience and medium being used.
  • Organised, able to plan and schedule activity, with proven ability to prioritise and manage time effectively.
  • Practical and rigorous with great attention to detail.

What’s in it for me?

  • London Living Wage at £11.95 an hour.
  • Flexible, home-based working. We're open to discussing a range of working patterns and a total number of hours between 10 and 20 hours per week, able to adapt around your studies.
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Holiday: FTE 28 days per year plus bank holidays
  • Laptop/phone and the IT kit you need to be able to work effectively in a virtual team. We expect you to have access to a suitable working environment and adequate Wi-Fi.

Please apply!

At Ufi VocTech Trust we value diversity and we're committed to creating an inclusive culture, with flexible working practices, where everyone is able to be themselves and to reach their full potential.

We encourage applications from anyone with suitable skills, no matter their background, culture or ability and believe that a diverse workforce will help us to achieve our mission sooner.

If you are thinking of applying and require any adjustments to the recruitment process, at either application or interview please get in touch with us, we’d love to chat!

Closing date: Applications close at 5pm on Friday 29 September 2023.

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About us

Ufi is an independent charity. Through grant funding, venture investment and advocacy we champion the power of vocational technology to improve skills for work.

We are a small, multi-disciplinary charity with a mission built around our belief in the power of vocational skills to change lives. We believe that digital tech is the ultimate enabler for delivering relevant, engaging and inclusive learning. We believe digital technology has the potential to open skills up to greater numbers of people, improve learner outcomes and support and enhance traditional teaching methods.

We fund a range of projects and partnerships, using different types of grant funding call and commercial investment, but all our work has a common theme – we demonstrate through doing. We believe in supporting practical solutions to clearly identified skills challenges or problems, where there are solid benefits for learners and employers.

We are dynamic and flexible, committed to giving every organisation we fund the best chance of success. This means we work closely with all our projects, and we have built expertise to support this.

Social impact is hardwired into how we work. We are committed to reducing inequality of opportunity in the workplace and breaking down barriers to adult learning. All of our resources are 100% aligned to our mission.

Our work culture is open and collaborative. We are comfortable with an appropriate level of risk; we embrace innovation and see the value in a seed of an idea.

We work virtually and leanly, and we welcome new team members!

To find out more about Ufi