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External Affairs Intern

Networx Resourcing

Walsall

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£18000/annum

WS11NL

Posted: 24/06/2022

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External Affairs Intern

Salary £18k per annum plus excellent benefits, including opportunity to gain an accredited qualification

Location Combination of homeworking and office based (Walsall, West Midlands)

Contract: 12 month placement, 37 hours per week

Closing Date: Sunday 10 July

Interview Date: to be arranged with shortlisted candidates

From tackling the housing crisis, to building safety to levelling up – housing is at the top of the political agenda. If you are interested in current affairs and policy development and looking to apply your skills in the real world then look no further.

Our client have a brilliant opportunity for a graduate starting out in their career to join their Strategy and Communications Team for a 12-month internship supporting their external affairs work.

You will be their ‘eyes and ears’, keeping on top of what’s going on in the housing, policy and political world. This is a varied role supporting their external affairs, stakeholder engagement work and providing support on a variety of projects, campaigns and events.

You’ll need to be a true team player - someone who can get stuck in and help with team-wide projects.

Our client are committed to nurturing and developing their colleagues. As part of this 12-month placement they will work with the successful candidate to develop a personalised development programme, including opportunities to undertake accredited training and qualifications.

This is a rewarding, fun and varied role with a friendly, innovative and hardworking team – an ideal opportunity for a hard-working and enthusiastic individual looking to gain experience and develop their career in communications and external affairs.

Main responsibilities include:

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You will assist with telling their story, promoting their brand, and sharing the good work they do in transforming the lives of their customers and communities.

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Provide political monitoring and intelligence gathering across national, regional, and local government, with a focus on policy issues most relevant to the housing sector

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Provide research and information to support the development and delivery of key activities.

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Develop biographical and policy briefings on key industry and policy developments for senior internal stakeholders, including conducting research to inform these documents

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Assist the team with stakeholder management, including research, mapping and engagement strategies

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They are looking for someone who has:

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An interest in and good understanding of current affairs

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Excellent literacy skills

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A can-do mindset, engaging demeanour and team spirit

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Willingness to learn and ability to pick up things quickly

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Educated to degree level

What’s in it for you?

In return, you will receive a competitive salary, 27 days annual leave (plus Christmas shut down), a defined benefit pension scheme, health cash plan, a range of shopping and leisure discounts.

They are output focused and flexible and believe in giving colleagues the right balance of autonomy and support to enable them to work to their full potential. Despite the high expectation for performance and delivery, they are committed to ensuring colleagues have a healthy work-life balance and able to work in agile ways which support them.

About them

Their People Strategy presents a clear picture of how they will achieve their Corporate Plan aim, ‘Be an exceptional place to work that attracts, develops and retains talent’. The Strategy focuses on three key themes that help them support their colleagues to make a difference to their customers, the communities they serve and to themselves.

It is important to them that they have a diverse workforce, representative of the communities they serve. Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) to them means colleagues living their values, dedicated to doing the right thing and exercising good judgement. This will encourage a culture where all can thrive, acknowledging that everyone is different; what matters to them is that everyone can come to work and feel comfortable to be themselves.

They are proud to be accredited as a Disability Confident Employer and ensure that disabled people and those with long term health conditions have the opportunity to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations while working with them. They want to make it clear that they welcome disabled applicants for all of their roles. If in doubt look out for the Disability Confident logo.

They will ensure that their recruitment process is inclusive and accessible, and they will interview applicants with a disability if they meet the essential criteria for a role. They will also support existing colleagues with a disability or long-term health condition enabling them to stay in work, making reasonable adjustments if necessary

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