Communications Officer (Kickstart)

Fixed Term Contract
25-28 hours per week
Starting salary National Minimum Wage
Applications by 14 November 2021

Communications Officer

National minimum wage

6 month placement 

25 – 28 hours per week (flexible)   

Stoneleigh, Warwickshire (Currently piloting hybrid working) 



The NFU has joined the governments Kickstart programme and are providing an exciting 6-month placement for 16–24-year-olds in receipt of universal credit to gain valuable work experience. The NFU will support you to develop transferable skills that are aimed at increasing their chances of sustained employment.


About the role


The NFU Communications team comprises a press team, dealing with national media and monitoring coverage of the NFU and British farming, a campaigns team which devises and delivers activities under our Back British Farming campaign to support NFU lobbying and policy priorities, with the aim of influencing and shaping outcomes, an inhouse videographer and social media post, as well as several websites and magazines aimed at communicating with NFU farmer and grower members as well as the public.


In addition, we have an inhouse design team, which creates the materials for our print publications, as well as our campaign materials, and numerous photography shoots and picture editing and research.


This post will support activities across the team; writing content for digital and print, learning what makes a good news piece, how to write for the web, understanding Search Engine Optimisation, and how to publish to our website; supporting the creation of social media content, from sourcing images, learning how to use design software, and understanding the most effective language to use; working alongside the campaigns team to create materials, write content for our supporter newsletter and understand how to engage people using language and persuasion, and shadow people delivering events; supporting the press team by monitoring the media, drafting material and writing case studies to best represent our membership in media work, and where possible joining our inhouse videographer and photographer on farm for shoots.


Someone with an interest in British farming and food, and a passion to communicate its story to an outside audience, utilising their strong written and verbal communication skills, are the key to success in this role. 


This role requires a confident team player with a can-do attitude, someone who can work under their own initiative and with an attention to detail as there may be some repetitive work to undertake, while remaining efficient and organised to meet deadlines. 


This is a great opportunity to gain valuable skills & knowledge with no requirement of prior experience as full on the job training will be provided along with ongoing support throughout the placement.   



Who are we?


The National Farmers’ Union is the voice of British farming, and our members are at the heart of what we do. On their behalf we lobby government and other stakeholders, develop policy and provide a range of frontline services. 


Working for the NFU means working alongside great people who are committed to their work and recognised for their knowledge and expertise. 


Why join our team?


Working for the NFU means that you will become part of our friendly, dedicated working environment.  You will work with a highly motivated team, recognised for their knowledge and expertise and passion about food and farming.  


How to apply?


As this is part of the governments Kickstart programme, we are unable to accept direct applications. Please contact your work coach via your local jobcentre or visit Kickstart Vacancies - #WMKickstartJobs (


Closing date:            14 November 2021


The NFU is an Equal Opportunities employer and values diversity.

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