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PR & Communications Assistant Apprentice – Media

  • Company: Historic England
  • Location: London
  • Closing Date: 03-07-2022


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 Media Team at our London Cannon Bridge 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.

You will assist the media team in promoting the work of Historic England to newspapers, TV, radio and websites. Under the supervision and guidance of your manager you will learn how to support colleagues in the day-to-day-running of the Historic England press office. 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.

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

-Assisting in the writing of media releases about Historic England`s work including stories about new listings, grant funding and archaeological discoveries
-Producing summaries of daily media coverage about Historic England
-Supporting the management of media enquiries about Historic England from national, regional and specialist media
-Assisting with analysis/evaluation of media coverage
-Pitching stories to national and specialist media
-Creating image galleries and writing captions
-Engaging with colleagues, teams and departments across Historic England to research stories.

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.
-The day-to-day running of a busy press office including how to manage media enquiries and produce summaries of media coverage.
-How to organise your time effectively, juggle priorities and meet tight deadlines
-How to engage with and build relationships with a range of colleagues and journalists
-What makes an interesting story, how to write compelling copy and attract media interest in Historic England`s work.

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.

Essential Training & qualifications
-Apprentices must achieve level 2 English and Maths prior to taking their end-point assessment.
Experience, knowledge & skills
-Well-organised with excellent attention to detail
-Great team worker with the ability to get along easily with others
-Experience of using Microsoft Office
-Good written communication skills
-Be curious and have a desire to continuously learn.
-Passion and interest in history, heritage and the historic environment

Apply now or contact student support if you need assistance with your application, we’re here to help!