Public Affairs and Communications Graduate Scheme

Fixed Term Contract
35 hours per week
Starting salary £24,500 + £1000 graduate entry scheme payment
Applications by 06 February 2022

Public Affairs & Communications Graduate Scheme 2022


£24,500 per annum plus a one off graduate entry scheme payment of £1,000

25 days annual leave (plus statutory bank holidays)

2 year fixed term contract commencing September 2022


Do you have a passion to work in the fast-paced world of public affairs and communications? Do you have what it takes to join one of the leading organisations representing British farming and food production? Do you want to get experience of working in a high profile national organisation which is rarely out of the news?


If you are a graduate, and you have answered yes, then the NFU’s Public Affairs & Communications Graduate Scheme is the right place for you.


The NFU is the UK’s largest trade association, representing farmers and growers across England and Wales, and is regarded as one of the most effective lobbying organisations in Europe, negotiating with governments and pressure groups at a local, national, European and international level.


The NFU’s Public Affairs & Communications Graduate Scheme offers a rare opportunity to get experience of political lobbying and public campaigning, national media management, event management and multi-channel communications, all with an award-winning, in-house team. You will have the opportunity to build on your existing knowledge, work with and learn from communications and public affairs experts and join an organisation which is recognised as the leader in its field. 


We will develop your knowledge, from delivering a programme of exciting, high-profile political campaigns, to influencing the public to back British farming, as well as learning what it takes to protect and promote the reputation of British food and farming, and the NFU, in the media and beyond. 


As well as working with this high impact in-house team, you will gain valuable experience working in one of the most important industries in the country – farming, which supplies the raw ingredients for the UK’s largest manufacturing sector, UK food and drink. You will gain an understanding of the NFU, the agriculture and horticulture industries and the issues facing NFU members, in a comprehensive and purpose-built programme which includes working across our External Affairs and Communications teams.


You will have or be predicted to have a 2:1 degree, or equivalent industry-related qualification, as well as the drive and determination to succeed both individually and as part of a team. Problem solving, planning skills and a flair for communication come naturally to you. The desire to represent and campaign on behalf of NFU members is crucial as is the desire to further your career in a communications or public affairs role.


This role will be based in Warwickshire and Westminster, therefore a flexible approach to location is essential. 


At the NFU, we embrace the unique worth of everyone from all backgrounds, identities and circumstance. As a Professional, Resourceful, United and Inclusive organisation, we strive to celebrate all individuals. We are committed to creating a sense of belonging, educating and developing an inclusive community, and welcoming the value of diversity.


We are currently piloting a ‘hybrid working’ scheme that gives colleagues the choice of working from home for up to 3 days a week (pro rata), with other working days being from the office or out and about with our members. 


Closing Date: Sunday 6 February 2022

Interview: March / April 2022


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