London Office (Hybrid)
MSc Traineeship Opportunity
2 years part-time and a minimum of one year full-time
Central London (Hybrid Working Model)
We are excited to be collaborating with two universities to offer a traineeship opportunity to students pursuing a Master’s (MSc) degree in Social Research Methods at University College London (UCL) or in Evaluation and Policy Analysis at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). This traineeship will provide you with practical experience in the field of educational policy and evaluation, enabling you to apply your academic knowledge to real-world research projects.
Aligned with our mission and our aim to recruit a diverse workforce, the traineeship opportunity is available to applicants from less advantaged backgrounds who wish to pursue a career in social research. To apply you must be able to nominate a staff member at your school who can verify at least one of the following:
• Whether you were eligible for Free School Meals at secondary school
• Whether you were in the first generation in your family to attend university
• Whether you have ever been in care
• Whether you received the 16-18 bursary
The successful applicant for this opportunity will be expected to complete and pass the part-time MSc in two years (except those with reasonable extenuating circumstances), and commit to working on a full-time basis at the EEF for a minimum of one year (unless there is a mutual agreement to discontinue). The cost of the MSc is subject to a training agreement which requires repayment by you to the EEF in the event of failure to complete and pass the course or the termination of your employment within 12 months of completing the course.
You will be part of the EEF’s Evaluation Team, an expert team responsible for commissioning high-quality, cost-effective evaluations of EEF-funded projects, and for monitoring and supporting the contracted research groups to ensure that they are delivered to a high standard.
To apply for this position, you must be able to demonstrate:
• A minimum of a strong upper second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university in social science discipline (including but not limited to education, economics, policy, statistics)
• Qualification for home student status and attended state-funded schools in the UK
• Eligibility under one or more of the following criteria:
o Have had free-school meal status (FSM) at secondary school
o Were in the first generation in your family to attend university
o Have been in care
o Received the 16-18 bursary
• A commitment to the aims of the EEF and a genuine interest in the education sector.
• A basic understanding of quantitative statistics (e.g. regression)
• Experience working in a team and the ability to demonstrate strong relationship management skills.
• Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, and the ability to communicate complex information to a variety of audiences including practitioners, academics, and policymakers.
• An organised and methodical approach, with excellent project management skills and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
• The ability to work independently with strong attention to detail and a commitment to fact checking own work, as well as the ability to work closely and collaboratively across teams.
• A proactive, flexible, and pragmatic approach to evaluation, with an ability to balance a commitment to rigour with accessibility and impact.
• Strong advocacy for equality, diversity and inclusion, ensuring these principles are upheld in all aspects of work.
• flexible start and end working times (core hours between 10am and 4pm)
• flexible working opportunities
• 27 days’ holiday a year (plus 8 bank holidays including 3 which can be taken flexibly and 2 festive season closure days)
• 6% employer pension contributions, minimum 3% employee contribution
• life insurance cover
• interest-free season ticket loan and cycle scheme
• enhanced maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave pay (conditions apply)
• confidential access to the Employee Assistance Programme to help you deal with any personal and professional problems
If this sounds like the opportunity for you, please submit your application via our online recruitment portal.
Applications open: 1st February 2024
Applications close: 1st March 2024 (23:59)
First round interviews: w/c 11th March 2024
Second round interviews: w/c 18th March 2024
The EEF is committed to create a workforce that is diverse, promotes inclusion and supports everyone to progress and achieve, regardless of background characteristics.
The EEF is seeking a suitably expert and experienced candidate to act as a representative of the post-16 sector on the Trustee board. The candidate would preferably have experience of being a successful Further Education (FE) college principal/CEO.
Candidates should have excellent leadership and interpersonal skills that encourage collaboration, participation and consensus-building. Overall, the successful candidate will need to be an enthusiastic ambassador, act as a champion in raising awareness of the charity and promoting its work and have the necessary time and commitment to fulfil the duties of a trustee. The candidate will have a strong understanding of and commitment to the EEF’s mission.
If you are excited by the challenge of contributing to the development of a highly successful and respected organisation providing high-quality and practical support to schools across the country to address educational inequality, then please consider applying.
The role is unremunerated and time commitment is expected to be circa six days per year including four 2h board meetings which take place at our Central London office during working hours.
For full details please consult the Trustee Recruitment Pack.
To apply please upload your current CV and supporting statement addressing the person specification criteria and evidencing how you meet the criteria. Please include in your supporting statement the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees; one should be your current or most recent employer. Referees will be contacted after the final stages, after gaining your permission.
If you have further questions and/or would like an informal conversation about the role, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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