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PR & Communications Level 4 Apprenticeship

Alpha House NIHR Evaluation Trials, Enterprise Road, Southampton, SO16 7NS
£307.12 per week
Closing date
2 Feb 2022

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Apprenticeship, Higher
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An opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in Communications and Public Relations as part of a team supporting the goals of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). As part of an organisation that identifies, funds and delivers cutting-edge health and care research you'll get involved in the management and creation of communications spanning a range of specialisms including press, social media, internal communications and marketing campaigns.

Based in Southampton you'll be part of a team of Communications professionals who work within the NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC). Working across NETSCC and central NIHR communications projects you'll get involved in projects to engage researchers, health and care professionals, patients and the public in important research to improve the health and wealth of the nation.

Examples of Day to Day Tasks

  • Assisting with the production of communications and marketing copy and outputs in formats suitable for the medium, e.g. web site and social media content, publications, media outputs (press releases, features, good news stories), events materials, newsletters, case studies, flyers etc.
  • Assisting with website content updates in various formats, using the CMS (Content Management System/Systems) and other tools (e.g. search and analytics) on a regular basis and following best practice.
  • To assist with scheduling and publishing social media content using NIHR systems across channels such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
  • Supporting liaison with external suppliers to create materials and ensure these are provided for virtual events in a timely manner, monitoring value for money and performance of suppliers making recommendations where necessary.
  • Supporting campaigns to inform and engage our key audiences
  • Assisting with the development and production of hard-copy and electronic publications.
  • Maintain and develop software systems, e.g. media monitoring database.
  • Raising purchase orders and log expenditure in the relevant financial spreadsheets.

  • Requirements and prospects

    Desired skills

    • Experience in communications, journalism, PR or marketing role (producing news, newsletters, digital content etc), ideally in a research or higher education setting.
    • Experience of working with a wide range of external stakeholders/customers
    • Experience or interest in customer service, news and current affairs
    • Fully conversant with Microsoft Office, email, web and databases

    Personal qualities

    • Organised and manages time effectively
    • Creative
    • Problem solving ability and initiative
    • Team player
    • A good communicator
    • An interest in making a difference
    • Digital-savvy

    Desired qualifications

    GCSEs at grades C/4 or above(or equivalent) in maths and English are required.

    Skill level equivalent to achievement of HNC, A-Level, NVQ3 in relevant discipline, e.g. communications, media, marketing, journalism, public relations, events management, or with proven work experience acquired in relevant roles and job-related training.

    Future prospects

    The employer is looking for the Apprentice to transition into a full-time permanent member of staff (dependent on successful completion of the end point assessment). Longer term prospects could include progression within NETSCC, the wider NIHR or the University of Southampton.

    Things to consider


    Southampton, although some remote and flexible working may be considered on an individual basis, depending on team roles, locations, and logistics.

    Additional Benefits:

    NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre offers excellent benefits including generous holidays, flexible working arrangements and the opportunity to develop your career in a professional and friendly working environment.

    Core benefits include pension scheme membership; a generous annual leave allowance (supplemented by University closure days and public holidays) and excellent family leave arrangements (including maternity, paternity, adoption, and parental leave).

    Other benefits we offer include a cycle to work scheme, discounted Sport and Wellbeing membership, access to private dental and/or healthcare insurance, an on-site nursery at our Highfield campus, awide varietyof on and off-campus arts and culture facilitiesand access to a range of staff discounts and offers at local shops, restaurants and service providers.
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