Welsh Government – Air Quality Team Student Placement – start date: ASAP

Name Welsh Government
Department Air Quality Policy Branch
Placement base location The role will be full-time and is normally based with the policy team in one of Welsh Government’s regional offices.  In view of current Covid-19 restrictions, the post-holder will be required to work from home in-line with working arrangements for all Welsh Government employees and it is unlikely that this will change for the foreseeable future.
Website www.gov.wales
Contact for enquiries Caroline Fallone (Research & Academic Engagement Manager)
Contact details Email: ResearchPlacements@gov.wales
Placement job title Air Quality Team Student Placement – Clean Air Evidence: development of new monitoring and assessment service
Potential start date ASAP – start date will be agreed following successful Welsh Government security clearance.
Potential working pattern

Daily work pattern: 9am to 5pm

Total hours per week: 35

FT/PT: Full time

The placement will be for a 3 month period and will focus on delivering the objectives set out in the job specification. The option to extend for a further 3 months is possible if the project team feel there is merit in doing so and if it is compatible with the post-holder’s university research schedule and DTP/CDT arrangements.

Details of application method

Please submit CV and covering letter to the above mailbox.  NOTE: All applicants must confirm that they have received authorisation to take an interruption of studies from their academic supervisor. 

If you have an impairment or health condition, or use British Sign Language and need to discuss reasonable adjustments for any part of the placement programme, or wish to discuss how we will support you if you are to be successful, please contact the above mailbox as soon as possible to discuss your requirements and any questions you may have.

Overview of PIPS organisation
The Air Quality Policy Branch is responsible for developing national and local air quality policy and legislation. Air quality is a high profile policy area and work is continuing to implement Wales’ first Clean Air Plan and develop a Clean Air (Wales) Bill. This includes developing national-scale air quality monitoring and assessment capabilities to support targeted action on air pollution.
Placement offered

The post will provide opportunities to work with internal and external partners to develop the air quality assessment proposals and the potential statutory functions to be included in a Clean Air (Wales) Bill.

The post holder will work extensively with academia, public bodies, non-governmental organisations and across Welsh and UK governments.  With support and direction, the post holder will help to build valuable working relationships, broaden their knowledge and understanding of Welsh Government policy work and have the opportunity to identify and develop initiatives to support the effective delivery of evidence-based policy.

Key Skills

  • Excellent research and analytical skills
  • Ability to synthesise information concisely and coherently.
  • Ability to work effectively with a range of stakeholders.
  • Ability to work at pace and deliver within tight deadlines
  • Ability to analyse complex information and data

Desirable Skills

  • Experience of procurement

Development Opportunities

The placement provides an opportunity to gain insight into the functioning of Welsh Government and evidence-based policy development at the highest level.  The post-holder will work in an interesting and diverse team, contributing to the shaping of a future policy direction. The post-holder will be expected to work independently within parameters and guidelines provided by the Welsh Government. Working closely with a wide range of colleagues the successful candidate will build valuable working relationships, broaden their knowledge of public policy-making and enhance their existing transferable skills.

The student will join an analytical team managing a diverse evidence-base and delivering technical and advisory support to the policy team’s programme. This is an interesting and diverse role, working on a high-profile programme across Welsh Government portfolios which will allow the student to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of Welsh Government policy work. With support from their WG supervisor, the student will be expected to take responsibility for managing and delivery of work commitments during the placement period.

Financial contribution/benefit(s)
Post-holders will be provided with a laptop to facilitate regular contact with the policy team members and line management, other policy teams and external partners.  Due to the remote nature of working, the policy team will ensure that the post-holder is fully supported during the placement and will endeavour to ensure that the placement is as close to the in-team office-based experience as possible.