Education

Focus Areas

Opportunities and vacancies

This website gives a good overview of our work in education. This activity is driven forward by Gatsby’s education team. We are a group of around a dozen individuals who are passionate about securing systemic improvements in technical education, the supply and status of technicians, career guidance for young people, and science and maths in schools.

Current vacancy: Communications Officer

Join the Gatsby Foundation's Education team and support our technical education work around the country. As our new Communications Officer, you will be expected to hit the ground running, delivering strands of our events programme, social media and digital strategy and inputting into our policy work. The closing date for receipt of applications is 23.59 on Tuesday 05 September 2017.

Click here for job scope and how to apply.

Other opportunities

Sometimes vacancies arise for specific projects, and we advertise these here. But we are always happy to consider speculative applications from people who are interested in the areas in which we work. There are several ways you can work for us, including:

Joining our core team, either full-time or part-time, on a permanent or fixed-term basis
Our team is structured into three types of position: officer, manager and director. We expect people joining us as an officer to have some useful prior experience, though not necessarily in education or STEM. We expect managers to bring significant experience in a field directly relevant to our work, while our directors have substantial senior-level experience and a proven track record of leadership and driving impact at national level. Salaries are set according to the experience and skills of the individual.

Secondments
We are willing to consider secondments of staff into our team from other organisations working in similar areas, on a full-time or part-time basis. The terms of each secondment are negotiated with the secondee and their employer.

Consultancy
We work with several self-employed consultants who bring professional expertise in one or more areas to the team, including communications and PR support, event management, data analysis, or policy experience in an area in which we are interested. We are willing to hear from consultants who wish to be considered for future contracts. Please note, however, that we do not respond to unsolicited approaches from agencies.

Internships
We take on a small number of interns each year. These are typically undergraduate or postgraduate students, in disciplines ranging from science and science communication to education or labour market economics. We tend not to advertise internships formally, but are willing to receive speculative applications from individuals who can demonstrate a genuine interest in our work. The length of internships, their nature (F/T or P/T etc), and their focus is by negotiation. Recently our interns have assisted with the organisation of events; undertaken routine administrative work in support of specific projects; supported promotion of our activities via social media; and carried out desk research on particular issues in technical education. We always pay interns more than the London Living Wage and cover reasonable travel expenses.

If you are interested in any of the above opportunities, please send your CV and a short cover letter to faye.riley@gatsby.org.uk. Please state clearly the type of arrangement (eg permanent employment, secondment, internship etc) that you are interested in. If we don't have any appropriate vacancies, we will keep your details on file for 12 months and contact you during that time if anything suitable arises.

Research
We take an evidence-based approach to our work and, as such, commission several pieces of academic research each year to inform our thinking and the national debate around issues we care about. We welcome approaches from researchers in academia or established consultancies with suggestions for pieces of research which align closely with our interests. Examples of previous research we have commissioned are available on the reports section of our website. If you have an idea for research you feel we would be interested in, please send details to faye.riley@gatsby.org.uk