Policy Officer Apprentice, Research and Policy

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. This will include work to support the ongoing development and delivery of our new 10-year strategy – in terms of key priorities such as the great work that is produced, how people and communities are able to 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


Manchester or London


Full time




11 March 2020

About the role

This Policy Officer apprenticeship will give wide-ranging and vital support to the whole policy team, with staff located in our London and Manchester offices. This will include work to support the development of our forthcoming 10-year strategy; our day-to-day policy development work, including responding to government consultations and across key policy priorities; and across our work on place-based strategic partnerships.

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
  • Transcribing notes from internal and external consultation meetings
  • Monitoring budgets and dealing with suppliers

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

  • 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.

  • 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 Research, ACE Application'.

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




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You'll 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 Art’s Council’s work
  • Project management
  • 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
  • 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
  • Excellent 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

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

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