Graduate Trainee (Public Affairs and Communications)
graduate scheme

Graduate Trainee (Public Affairs and Communications)

Job description

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 and Communications Graduate Scheme is the right place for you.

The NFU’s Public Affairs and 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 fast paced 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.

Two year fixed term contract commencing September 2019.

What we are looking for

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.


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.

Accepted degree subjects


How to apply

Assessment centre: 26 or 28 February 2019
Second stage interview: 27 March 2019

For any queries, please email or call 02476 858742.

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 13/01/2019

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Closing date: 13/01/2019


Additional job details

Number of vacanciesTwo
LocationLondon · Warwickshire


A one off graduate entry scheme payment of £1,000; 25 days annual leave (plus statutory bank holidays)

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