Policy officer

Policy officer

“Shaping and influencing government policy”

The policy officer shapes and/or influences government policy, by working with a range of stakeholders and experts to gather evidence, understand information and present recommendations to senior colleagues. As an apprentice policy officer, not only can you work within central and local government, but also within private and third-sector organisations that interact with and strive to influence government policy. You’ll typically work as part of a wider team and report to a senior policy officer. Your responsibilities will encompass the development, implementation and evaluation phases of policymaking, and are likely to include: researching and understanding the political environment in order to support the continuous, uninterrupted development of a policy; gathering evidence and being objective to support the influencing and negotiating of new policies; handling sensitive information and keeping accurate records of policy history; and providing administrative support during the introduction of new legislation.

Duration: 24 months

Relevant school subjects: English

Entry requirements: Five GCSEs, including English language and maths, and level 3 qualifications, such as two A-levels

Achievement upon completion: Level 4 (Higher)—equivalent to a foundation degree

Potential salary upon completion: £30,000 per annum