|Department||Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy Division|
|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.|
|Contact for enquiries||Caroline Fallone (Research & Academic Engagement Manager)|
|Contact details||Email: ResearchPlacements@gov.wales|
|Placement job title||Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy Student Placement – Supporting the delivery of the Beyond Recycling strategy|
|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 Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy Division of Welsh Government is seeking a PhD student for a placement opportunity. The team‘s remit falls under the portfolio of the Minister for Climate Change which supports delivery objectives identified under the Welsh Government’s “Programme for Government” (PfG) and other strategies.
This is an exciting time, the Welsh Government published Beyond Recycling – a strategy to make the circular economy in Wales a reality earlier this year. It has ambitious plans for Wales transition to becoming a zero waste and net zero carbon nation by 2050. This placement would involve working on a range of high-profile activity including resource efficiency and circular economy policy, infrastructure, legislation and regulation. The team works cross-departmentally, focussing on the contribution the move towards a more circular economy can make to meet wider Welsh Government aims including our low carbon plans and models of economic development.
Purpose of the post
Working within the Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy Division the overarching purpose of the placement is to: provide support in planning and delivering the actions published in the Beyond Recycling strategy; analysing evidence, and working with a wide variety of stakeholders on a range of issues pertinent to the delivery of the strategy; providing analytical support and technical input to assist policy makers. The Programme for Government, published in June 2021, reinforced the importance of the work area.
The exact tasks required of the students will be dependent on the particular focus of the wider team at the time of the placement but will likely centre around the following areas:
From these areas specific tasks could include: –
The exact tasks required of the student will be dependent on the particular focus of the team at the time of the placement and the student will likely have the opportunity to become involved in other work areas where they have a specific interest.
The placement provides an opportunity to gain insight into the functioning of Welsh government and evidenced 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 a policy team managing a diverse range of programmes and providing technical and advisory support across the Environment portfolio. This is an interesting and diverse role, that links to other Welsh Government teams, which will allow the student to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of 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.
|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.|