We`re the public body that looks after England`s historic environment. We champion historic places to help people understand, value and care for them. We are excited to share with you an opportunity to complete a PR & Communications Assistant Level 4 Apprenticeship over the course of 15 months at Historic England, based in our busy Partnerships & Communications Team at our Cambridge office. (With a blend of time in the office and remote working possible)
You may already understand the value of heritage to the local economy, to the communities living nearby and to people who visit heritage sites, however applying for an apprenticeship with us means you can contribute to the work we do at Historic England to help protect, enhance and reveal heritage for everyone.
During the duration of your apprenticeship you will support the Stakeholder Engagement Adviser and Public Engagement Manager with the promotion of Historic England`s work to external audiences.
Under the supervision and guidance of your managers, you will learn how to support your colleagues in engagement with heritage partners and, through social media monitoring, wider audiences with an interest in heritage.
As your apprenticeship progresses, you`ll also learn how to identify news stories and support colleagues in the writing of press releases and promotion of stories to journalists, create website articles and social media posts.
What will you be doing?
80% of your time will be spent in the workplace, and 20% of your time will be spent off the job, completing a training programme specially designed for your apprenticeship with a recognised training provider. This learning may be delivered via in person workshops, in the workplace or by online delivery.
You will learn from experienced colleagues who will support you to gradually take on the following responsibilities through the duration of your apprenticeship
- Supporting the development of the regional Historic Environment Forum and helping to organise forum events
- Liaising with newspaper, TV, radio and online journalists
- Organising engagement with local authority Heritage Champions
- Updating the database of Heritage Champions
- Promoting the work of Historic England to regional stakeholders.
- Preparing briefing documents for meetings with priority stakeholders and MPs
- Using Historic England`s geographical mapping platform to highlight government funded projects and provide maps on where these projects are focused in the region
- Creating content for Historic England`s social media channels
- Monitoring and reporting on MP activity
- Creating image galleries and writing captions
- Engaging with colleagues, teams and departments across the East region to research stories.
- Assist with writing content for communications campaigns, including Heritage at Risk, grant funding and historic anniversaries
- Assist with producing content for internal communications
- Support the promotion to colleagues of the regional plan and its priorities
What will you learn?
- In training you will learn the background knowledge that will help you to understand the bigger picture of work, including:
- How the heritage sector works: The people, organisations, policy and legislation that make up this fascinating area of work.
- How to bring together external partners for meetings, events and collaborative working
- The day-to-day running of a busy communications office including how to deal with media enquiries, produce summaries of media coverage, evaluate MP engagement and assess social media impact
- How to organise your time effectively, juggle priorities and meet tight deadlines
- How to engage with and build relationships with a range of colleagues, journalists, MP staff and external partners
What will you be able to do in the future?
This apprenticeship will give you the knowledge skills and experience that will greatly enhance your future career prospects. Once you have successfully completed your apprenticeship you will have gained 15 months of work experience and a solid grounding in media and communications. Anyone successfully completing the apprenticeship will be eligible to apply for membership of the Public Relations & Communications Association (PRCA). While we cannot guarantee an offer of a permanent post within Historic England at the end of your apprenticeship, we are committed to your future and providing you with a solid foundation of skills and experience.
What can you bring to Historic England?
Historic England recognises the value that people from all backgrounds can bring to the heritage sector. It is important that the way we work reflects the diverse histories, cultures and interests of the country. We can achieve this through a committed, diverse workforce where all are valued and championed.
When considering applications for this apprenticeship we will review your prior qualifications and experience. To be eligible for this apprenticeship, we must be able to demonstrate that you will acquire substantive new skills and that the content of the training is materially different from any prior training or previous apprenticeship you have undertaken. All relevant prior learning must be considered when assessing eligibility.