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Graduate Opportunity in Current Affairs

Start a career in public affairs or policy with The Consultation Institute. How would you like the intellectual satisfaction of research and data analysis? The sense of being close to the centre of public policy decision-making working for an Institute that’s doing good by influencing best practice in the worlds of politics and public administration?

About us
Founded in 2003, The Consultation Institute is a UK-based, not-for-profit organisation, with its headquarters in Bedfordshire but operating throughout the British Isles and beyond. Our Mission is to promote the highest standards of public, stakeholder and employee consultation by initiating research, publications and specialist events in order to disseminate best practice and improve subsequent decision-making. Our member and client base consists of many organisations in public, private and third sector. We pride ourselves on our independent role within the British political landscape, and we advise our member and client base accordingly.
Due to an increase in business in the UK as well as abroad, we are currently looking for enthusiastic and positive graduate-level (or equivalent) talent to supplement our established and experienced team.

Your responsibilities may include:
o Editorial and research support on public engagement and public consultation in key areas
o Producing top quality information for internal decision making and external audiences
o Assist in identifying potential business opportunities
o Providing advice and assistance to individual and Corporate members of the Institute
o Monitor news and developments relating to, or impacting, key clients/prospects

This is a Graduate Trainee position focused on developing a familiarisation with public engagement generally and how to provide support for Institute members and clients. It will be an excellent introduction to the world of public affairs and policymaking.

o Enthusiasm for and an understanding of public affairs and public policy issues
o The ability to work in a fast-paced environment and a sense of teamwork
o Excellent communications skills with the ability to communicate at all levels with internal/external clients by phone, email, social media and face to face.
o Proficiency in Microsoft Office (e.g. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) applications
o A positive attitude with excellent organisational, presentation and writing skills
o Pursuing or having completed a relevant degree course – ideally in Public Relations, Law, Journalism, Communications, Political or Social Sciences.

The Graduate Trainee position is based at the Institute’s Centre of Excellence in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire and is accessible by road and rail. Some travel in the UK and overseas may be required. Salary will be competitive and subject to negotiation.

How to apply
Apply by sending your CV and a short Covering Letter (1 A4 max.) to Karen Fourie. If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, contact Karen by sending an email or calling +44 (0) 1767 318350.

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