Policy Officer Apprentice, Young People and Learning

Arts Council England

Arts Council England is an organisation that champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences.

This role offers a superb opportunity to join the Arts Council’s Policy Team at an exciting and important time, as they deliver the strategy (Let’s Create) that will outline how they 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.

This is a 24-month apprenticeship and you will work towards the Level 4 Policy Officer Apprenticeship.


Arts Council England




Full time




11 Mar 2020

About the role

This apprenticeship will give wide-ranging and vital support to the National Children, Young People & Learning team, with staff located in all Arts Council England offices. This will include work to support the delivery of their 10-year strategy, their day-to-day work, including responding to government consultations, supporting key policy priorities and their work to support the creative lives of Children & Young People across England.

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

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

  • Level 2 qualifications – 5 GCSEs including English Language and Maths at grade C and above (or the new grade 4 and above)
  • 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

Please download the forms below, fill in, and return an application form and a diversity & equality form to createjobs@anewdirection.org.uk by 10am 11 March, with the subject header 'Policy Officer Young People and Learning, ACE Application'.

Interview date: Fri 20 March
Ideal start date: Thu 26 March





You'll need to be:

  • 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

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

Arts Council England will also offer focused guidance and support to help you make your next step, following successful completion of your apprenticeship.

Arts Council England provide a range of benefits, including 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, pension scheme, life cover, cycle to work scheme, eyecare vouchers, childcare vouchers, season ticket loans, employee assistance programme.

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