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Environment Intern

Employer
West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)
Location
16 Summer Lane
Salary
£12 per hour - Real Living Wage
Closing date
2 May 2024
Reference
WMCA/TP/156/229

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Sector
Local Councils
Job Type
Environment / Conservation
Contract Type
Internship
Working Pattern
Standard
Hours
Part-Time

Job Details

The West Midlands Combined Authority's Environment Team is seeking a motivated intern to join our team and contribute to a significant air quality project.
  This is an ideal opportunity for someone looking to explore a career in the environment or the communications sector, all while playing a key role in supporting a £1 million government funded project that will reach thousands of residents across the West Midlands.
What will you be doing?
  • Create engaging content for the WMCA's new air quality website, ensuring clear and effective communication for a broad audience.
  • Support the planning and delivery of air quality awareness raising events.
  • Provide administrative support for the Air Quality Literacy training course and sensor network development.
  • Assist in developing a Youth COP conference focused on climate policy engagement for young people.
  • Participate in team meetings and provide regular progress updates.

About You.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with prior experience of creating communications material through study or work experience.
  • A collaborative spirit and the ability to work effectively within a team.
  • Creativity and a knack for presenting information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications.
  • Educated to GCSE Level or equivalent.

This internship offers the opportunity to:
  • Make a real difference in improving air quality across the West Midlands.
  • Gain valuable experience in communications and project management.
  • Work alongside a passionate and supportive team dedicated to a greener future, including experts in air quality policy and community engagement.
The internship is being offered as a three-month fixed term contract, working four days a week. We are happy to discuss working patterns at interview, we can also be flexible with start dates.
How to apply. On clicking ‘apply for this job’, you will first be prompted to create an account. You will have the opportunity to upload a CV, which will be used to auto-populate your profile. Please note, we do not see your CV once you have applied. Our shortlisting decisions are based on what you tell us in your profile - and so it is important to format your profile so that it really stands out. Make sure to include your employment history and include any essential education and qualifications. You will be asked to provide a supporting statement. If you already have one that you have prepared earlier, you can simply copy and paste this into the application form. 
Applicants will need to evidence that they have the legal right to work in the UK.  If we make an offer of employment, we will need to check that you are eligible to work in the UK before you start work. 
Salary and benefits.We advertise salary ranges for job roles, with new appointments typically starting at the lowest salary point. In exceptional cases, where higher skill levels or experience are applicable, the salary point may be adjusted to secure the best candidate. This approach allows for potential year-on-year salary increases, offering progression and appropriate rewards to employees.
We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes a Local Government Pension Scheme, 28 days of paid annual leave, Cycle to Work Scheme, and discounted shopping with over 2,000 big-name retailers. For more details, please visit the benefits page on our careers site.
Hybrid working, location and working pattern.We believe hybrid working is the best way for our organisation to fulfil our commitment to a modern, agile workplace while continuing to provide a great service to our customers. Hybrid working means having flexibility between working in the office and at home on agreed days, where a role allows. This is agreed between an employee and their line manager, considering the business, team, and employee needs. 
The location for this role is 16 Summer Lane. It is expected that you can split your time between the office and working remotely, with at least 1-2 days a week spent in the office. 
Creating an inclusive workplace.Our vision is to create a better connected, more prosperous, fairer, greener, and healthier region. We aim to achieve this vision by living our values, which include being a partnership organisation, valuing and respecting our people, fostering a can-do attitude, and encouraging innovation. We are dedicated to creating a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace that reflects the communities of the West Midlands region. WMCA holds diversity accreditations, such as "Leaders in Diversity," and has been recognised as one of the Inclusive Top 50 Employers and The Times Top 50 Employers for Women. We are also a Disability Confident Employer, committed to interviewing all applicants with disabilities who meet the essential role criteria. WMCA believes that building a team with varied backgrounds and experiences will benefit us as an employer and enhance our work.
We recognise that certain groups, such as women and people of colour, may be less likely to apply for roles if they feel they do not meet all the requirements. However, we encourage individuals who are passionate about the role and want to make a difference to still apply. We value potential and encourage applicants to highlight their skills, including transferable ones, even if they don't fit the traditional "perfect candidate" mould.
We gladly consider part-time, flexible, and job share arrangements, so please don't let these factors deter you from applying. If your values align with ours and you are dedicated to working towards a future that we can all be proud of, we would love to hear from you.
Reasonable adjustments.If you have an accessibility need, disability, or condition that means you might require changes to the recruitment process, please get in touch with our Recruitment Team (careers@wmca.org.uk). We are here to assist and accommodate your needs.
Thank you for considering joining our team at WMCA. We look forward to receiving your application and the opportunity to work together towards our shared goals.

Attached documents
Job Description - Environment Intern.pdf

Company

WMCA has a dedicated careers portal for you to register and apply for jobs directly with us.  You can keep up to date with applications you have made, create a candidate profile and choose how we keep in touch with you.  You can access the careers portal here, https://wmca.wm-jobs.co.uk/members/

West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) was set up in 2016. We're made up of 18 local councils and 3 local enterprise partnerships (LEPs). Our goal is to make the West Midlands a happy, healthy, place to live. We do this by:

  • making it easier and safer to travel in and around the region
  • using derelict land to build homes
  • protecting our green spaces
  • making sure young people have the education and employment opportunities to make a great start in life
  • working together to support our communities and build a fairer, healthier and more inclusive West Midlands
  • tackling climate change 

Our role in the West Midlands has never been more important and in these extraordinary times we’ve shown we can step forward, speak up for our region and bring people together. Everything we do is focused on making life better for people in the West Midlands – that’s our reason for being here and it drives every move we make. We lead and support others to deliver our shared future vision for the region – a happier, healthier, better connected place to live and work.

We fully believe that we are only as great as the people who work for us and are committed to providing a positive, healthy and inclusive working environment where our people feel valued and respected. We’re ambitious, forward thinking and determined to find better ways of working, always leading the way in what we do. We trust and support each other to get the job done, and encourage creativity, originality and curiosity from those who work with us.

We’re committed to creating an accessible and diverse workplace, one that nurtures an inclusive environment where our people can be themselves. We are a “Leaders in Diversity” accredited organisation, are in the Inclusive Top 50 Employers List and are one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women. 

If your values align with ours and you’re committed to working towards creating a future we can all be proud of, we want to hear from you.

Company info
Website
Telephone
0121 200 2787
Location
16 Summer Lane
Birmingham
West Midlands
B19 3SD
United Kingdom

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