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GES Sandwich Student scheme 2020-21

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Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Number of vacancies: 8

Salary Payable: £26,500 (London EO base salary as of Sept 2019)

Role Location: All London

Res Requirements: Right to work in UK

Coming to BEIS offers sandwich students a great opportunity to work at the heart of an analytically intensive Department. Specifically, we are offering a group of roles whereby students will have the chance to get involved in and often, take the lead on key pieces of work. Day-to-day students will be:

· Using existing data (including management information), to quantify and analyse the impact of policy proposals

· Working with colleagues across Whitehall (such as HM Treasury and the British Business Bank) as well as others

· Developing and delivering analysis products that will assist Ministers in making effective decisions on many matters such as EU and trade arrangements with third countries, major Spending Reviews, energy and energy security issues, labour markets, national minimum wage matters and more

Our posts offer opportunities to develop strategic thinking and influencing skills whilst learning how to really deliver at pace. A placement student joining BEIS will be working with many internal and external stakeholders and will get a great grasp of how the analysis and policy communities work across government.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

About DCMS

DCMS is an influential Whitehall department supporting the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. DCMS also provides strategic leadership to a much larger group of sponsored bodies.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is here to help make Britain the world’s most creative and exciting place to live, visit and do business. We protect and promote our cultural and artistic heritage and help businesses and communities grow by investing in innovation and highlighting Britain as a fantastic place to visit. We help to give the UK a unique advantage in the global race for economic success.

DCMS is a modern Whitehall department and provides the opportunity for GES students to work across a span of challenging and high-profile policy areas, including media, security & online harms, digital infrastructure, broadband roll out, arts and culture, the creative industries, gambling, sport, tourism and the digital economy.

As well as offering high-profile and exciting policy context, DCMS is a fun and friendly place to work. DCMS offers a range of networks, social clubs and sports clubs for staff to join, including a DCMS choir, bake club, comedy creatives, softball team and football club!

There is also a buddy scheme which matches new starters with more experienced members of staff to help them settle into the department.

The DCMS Analytical Community

The DCMS Analytical Community (DAC) is a friendly and welcoming network of around 100 analysts, around 25 of whom are based in the Central Analytical Team (the hub) while the remainder are based in smaller teams embedded in policy directorates (the spokes). There are 6 economists in the Central Analytical Team (CAT) with about 50 economists embedded across policy teams. Other analytical professions include statisticians, social researchers and operational researchers. Joining DAC gives an insight into the types of work that other analytical professions cover, and provides opportunities to become a well-rounded analyst.

CAT provides a range of analytical services to DCMS, including evaluations of the department’s key programmes, statistics providing insight on DCMS sectors and activities, and cost-benefit analyses underpinning the department’s plans. CAT provides leadership and support on analytical issues to analysts embedded in teams across DCMS.  Directorate-embedded analysts have in-depth expertise in their policy area and lead on the majority of analytical requirements for their team.

Economics in DCMS

Economists in DCMS undertake a wide variety of tasks. Examples of work include:

· Working with policy teams to identify market failures within a policy area, creating options to tackle market failures and carrying out cost benefit analyses to arrive at optimal solutions. These principles are used for both spending initiatives and regulation, where Business Cases and Impact Assessments are produced.

· Assessing and writing Business Cases for capital investment and providing advice on the Economic Case to the department’s Finance Committee and HM Treasury. Recent cases have included the Commonwealth Games, 4G mobile coverage, and the Rugby League World Cup.

· Producing Impact Assessments to ensure regulatory policies are based on robust evidence that withstands scrutiny from the Regulatory Policy Committee. Recent Impact Assessments have included reducing the stake limits on FOBT gambling machines, reducing the amount of advertising that children see for high fat, sugar & salt products and raising the minimum age of national lottery instant win games.

· Using evidence to inform various aspects of policy development. This includes gathering and understanding the current evidence base, engaging with sector experts, industry and academia, and commissioning research to fill any evidence gaps. A current example is the development of the Online Harms policy area where economists have helped shape plans to regulate the online sphere.

· Supporting Spending Review preparations. This includes building up the evidence base on the rationale, impact and value for money of DCMS policies and spending, and creating an economic framework on the different types of capital (physical, human, social, community, cultural etc.) which will underpin the rationale for DCMS initiatives.

· Developing new ways of valuing the impact of cultural and heritage assets using economic valuation techniques. Through our work on cultural and heritage capital cultural economists are developing new methodologies to understand the value of museums and historic sites.

· Conducting awareness-raising activities and training sessions to policy officials on the use of evidence and economics in policymaking. An example includes holding training on ‘economics for non-economists’.

Training and Development

Learning and development needs will be agreed between students and their line manager, and reviewed on a regular basis. As members of the Government Economic Service, DCMS economists have access to a range of training courses and development opportunities. Ad hoc training is available on a range of topics such as Business Cases and there are also opportunities to attend seminars, shadow and receive mentoring.

Pay and Conditions

GES student salary is £21,789

42 hour working week (including lunch breaks) with flexible working hours

26.5 days annual leave, plus 9 days public holidays


100 Parliament Street, London, SW1A 2BQ

Number of vacancies: 2

Further information

Please contact Alexander Wilkinson -

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

You will work with economists and wider analysts in developing the evidence base to inform Defra policy, drawing from a wide range of expertise and providing robust analytical advice. Responsibilities will vary according to post, but could include:

· Conducting and reporting analysis, to ensure policy options are underpinned by careful synthesis of available evidence and forward-looking analysis;

· Communicating with and advising policy colleagues on what the latest evidence and analysis tells you;

· Managing stakeholder engagement, analyzing and reporting on outputs;

· Contributing to scoping of new projects, the development of monitoring and evaluation strategies and project management of externally delivered work;

· Addressing policy needs through development, testing and application of advanced Excel models;

· Develop research skills and other economic analysis techniques.

Defra is looking for placement students to work across a range of areas, including the following:

EU & International trade teams help shape the UK’s future relationship with the EU from the perspectives of Defra’s objectives and develop Defra’s positions on relevant international trade issues.

Environmental Quality (Chemicals & Pesticides) develops policies and approaches around activities that can impact on environmental outcomes, including measures to improve regulation and future policies around the use of chemicals and pesticides and waste management, many of which will be affected by EU exit.

International Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Evidence provides a strong, influential UK voice on global environmental issues, working with global partners to inform policy in areas such as Illegal Wildlife Trade, Trophy Hunting, G7/G20, UN Environment Pact, International Conservation and the Convention on Biological Diversity (incl. setting post-2020 biodiversity targets).

Environmental Land Management - an interdisciplinary evidence team with a strong economics focus, helping to shape future environmental and agriculture policy once we leave the EU. ELM is the main vehicle for delivering the Government's ambitions of the 25 Year Environment Plan and the flagship policy to implement a Natural Capital approach.

Department for Exiting the European Union (DEXEU)

Number of Vacancies

· 3 Vacancies

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