Social Research Apprentice ECORYS UK LIMITED

For our growing Policy and Research (P&R) team, we are looking for a Social Research Apprentice to support our delivery of work to a variety of clients including qualitative and quantitative research studies, evaluations, impact assessments, supporting expert groups and networks, and monitoring.

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Closing date: 31 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £20,000 for Leeds office base, £21,000 for London office base

  • Working week

    Typical working hours 9.00am - 5.00pm.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    48 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    3 days ago

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The Social Research Degree Apprentice will be based and hosted in the P&R team but will undertake rotations in various parts of the P&R team and potentially in our different offices, to gain full exposure to all aspects of social research.  The aim of this is to develop the varied knowledge, skills and expertise required for a social research career and gain experience of the role of research in a variety of contexts, such as policy making, and quality improvement. 

Apprentice Social Researchers will spend 80% of their working week alongside colleagues in the Policy and Research team, with the remaining 20% spent on academic work. The role at Ecorys will involve but is not limited to:  

  • Supporting qualitative research, including organising and supporting in-depth interviews (face to face or online), and note-taking or supporting the organisation, and moderation of focus groups
  • Organising research data including preparing it for input into analysis software, working with analysis software, creating themes for analysis, data cleaning and sorting
  • Supporting quantitative research including designing, cleaning, sorting, analysing and writing up findings from survey data, and other primary and secondary data sets
  • Supporting literature or rapid evidence reviews, including searching for relevant literature, undertaking initial desk research, pulling out key themes from literature or documents
  • Interpreting and deriving insights from qualitative, quantitative and secondary analytical and research outputs 
  • Communicating findings through reports and presentations, preparing charts and diagrams, creating PowerPoint slides and preparing parts of written reports
  • Learning project management skills across a range of project sizes, learning how to manage smaller research projects and managing discrete workstreams within larger studies.
  • Learning about how we bid for and win new research projects, and how we prepare bids and tenders to a range of clients, learning how to support with aspects of the competitive tendering process, such as preparing background information and searching for relevant experts on the internet
  • Keeping abreast of public policy changes and developments that might be of relevance to the team, creating summaries of policy documents
  • Supporting team and client meetings, events and workshops, organising venues, attendees, agendas, minutes, and notetaking.
  • Supporting communications activities such as newsletters, posters, news articles and case studies about our research projects.  

You will be supported to develop their skills and knowledge. You will mainly help colleagues on projects but will be encouraged to take responsibility for smaller pieces of work as they progress. Alongside your work, you can get involved in a wide range of on-the-job practical training, informal training/reflective sessions and working groups with a range of highly experienced and knowledgeable quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods researchers as well as the formal training that we offer.

Wider contribution

You will have opportunities to support the wider P&R team including the Business Support team that provides a range of support services to research projects such as administrative support, formatting and proof-reading of reports and documents to ensure they are ready for our clients. You will also have the chance to work on projects with our in-house survey team. This excellent opportunity means you gain a well rounded understanding of social research within a commercial organisation, and get to work on a variety of tasks to support your wider learning and development.  

The training you will be getting

You'll undertake a Social Researcher Level 6 apprenticeship standard, supplemented by a (BA) Applied Social Research program. Our blended learning approach offers a mix of online and face-to-face learning experiences:

Online Learning:

  • Participate in live, real-time online classes.
  • Engage with online distance learning materials, requiring approximately 6 hours per week.

Face-to-Face Learning:

  • Attend Kent University annually during Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, and Year 4.
  • Benefit from quarterly day-long face-to-face teaching sessions in London, potentially extending to other locations based on employer demand.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Potential for permanent Research Assistant opportunity.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Team working, Critical thinking, Independent working


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C) Essential
A Level or equivalent A-Levels (Grade 96 UCAS points) Essential

Things to consider

London or Leeds, can be based in either office

About the employer

Ecorys is an international research-based consultancy that helps our clients make a positive impact on society. We are leaders in research and evaluation, project management and communications providing the evidence and advice that our clients need to tackle the issues that affect communities around the world. Our 600 staff are justifiably proud of our innovative and thought-provoking contributions to public policy and programme delivery. We are passionate about reducing our environmental impact and having a positive social impact. We donate profits to our charity of the year, organise volunteering days and are committed to being carbon neutral by 2029.




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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Social researcher

Level 6 (Degree with honours)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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