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Policy Officer – Senior Leader Apprentice Ref: 50066533


80% of Grade 10, £24,875.20 to £27,032.00 per annum

Contact: Telephone 01983 823134 or email if you need further information about applying. Please note only applications completed and submitted online by the closing date will be accepted.

Vacancy Reference: 50066533

Closing Date: 14/06/2021

Hours: 37 hours per week

Contract Type: Permanent 


Closing date 5pm 11th June - interviews will include a presentation and formal interview.


Contact Debbie Downer via teams calls preferred or 821000 ext: 6555.


The post will report to the Strategic Manager - Organisational Intelligence


Are you ready to make a difference?


“Our vision is for the Isle of Wight to be an inspiring place in which to grow up, work, live, and visit”


We are excited to be recruiting to this brand-new role, a Policy Officer supporting the Assistant Chief Executive to assist in the delivery of our council’s Corporate Plan.  You will also assist in strengthening the resilience of the Authority and the Island by supporting the Emergency Management Team in the development, delivery and future embedding of key resilience projects.


We are committed to running a council that puts our community at its heart, delivers value for money, and works with our partner organisations to ensure we focus on what is important to the Island.  To help deliver this vision, the new Policy Officer will focus on policy and strategy for the council based on emerging government advice and guidance. You will also work


Through policy and reporting, the work you deliver will ultimately be used by the Isle of Wight Council to lobby government. This is your opportunity to really make our voice heard.


To succeed you’ll need to have an analytical approach teamed with a flair for research and investigation. You’ll be experienced with ‘horizon scanning’ and will need to be flexible in work practice as your workload will be varied and often unpredictable.


You’ll support all directorates and services in the delivery of our Corporate Plan, from policy and strategy development, through to decision making and implementation, enabling us to continue:


- Providing sound financial management

- Delivering economic growth and prosperity

- Preserving our environment

- Protecting our community

- Planning for our future needs

- Creating opportunities for all


As our Policy Officer, you’ll need to understand the wider economic and political environment and its influence on our own council activity.  You’ll be aware of how our policy and strategy affects the whole population of the Isle of Wight, and ensure we communicate effectively and consistently to ensure policy and strategy are fully embedded in all our services.


We are looking for an individual with;


- Experience of policy and strategy development and application, using recognised techniques.

- Understanding of Local Authority duties and processes

- Effective communication, influencing and leadership skills,

- Experience of researching and producing reports containing both quantitative and qualitative analysis

- Good literacy, numeracy and report writing skills and a high level of technical expertise in analysis and data manipulation.        

- Excellent ICT skills including use of Microsoft applications and specialist systems which support procedures and record keeping. 


Applicants should be educated to level 4 up to first degree standard in a relevant subject such as Business Management, Policy and Strategy or Economics.


The Policy Officer will be given the opportunity to undertake Masters in Public Administration with the University of Portsmouth. This level 7 qualification will take 2 years to complete.  The post holder shall receive 80% of the Policy Officer salary until successful completion of this qualification when they will progress to the full salary.


Qualification Entry Criteria:


- Most applicants will be expected to hold an honours degree, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.

- All applicants to the Degree Apprenticeship courses must have an acceptable Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics. Acceptable qualifications include GCSE with grade C/4 or above and Functional Skills with Pass.

- All apprentices must have the right to work in the UK.


We also offer a generous renumeration package including local government pension scheme, 31 days annual leave (plus bank holidays) and a range of local and national discounts, benefits, travel allowances and we also offer relocation support.     


For further information or an informal discussion please contact Debbie Downer on: Via teams.


Find out more about working for the Isle of Wight Council and living on the Island here.


This council and its schools recruit according to the council’s Safer Recruitment policy and are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.


The Isle of Wight Council protects its employees from discrimination, we actively promote the diversity of our workforce and we provide flexible working options (where appropriate) to support the different needs of our employees.  The Isle of Wight Council is an equal opportunities employer and is proud to encourage applications from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities to better reflect the diversity within our local community.


In addition to the above, the Isle of Wight Council is a Disability Confident Employer. This means that providing an individual meets the basic essential requirements of the advertised role and have declared themselves as disabled, they will be offered an opportunity for an interview within the council.


In the interests of efficiency and economy, no further communication will be sent to you unless you reach the final shortlist. This means that if you do not hear from the recruiting manager within three weeks of the closing date, we regret that your application will not have been successful on this occasion.