Social researcher apprenticeship

Provide robust research and analysis that forms the foundation for social policy.

Social researchers play a crucial role in shaping social policies by providing thorough research and analysis. As a social researcher apprentice, your work will be essential for informing decisions by briefing policymakers and stakeholders with timely, evidence-based insights. You might complete a social researcher apprenticeship with government bodies, research institutions, charities, and academic institutions. You’ll employ various research methods to develop, implement, and evaluate policies, ensuring the best possible investment of public funds and societal benefits. During the social researcher apprenticeship, you’ll collaborate with economists, statisticians, policymakers, as well as research participants and the public. You’ll manage all research stages, from designing data collection tools like surveys and focus groups to conducting systematic reviews, data analysis, and reporting findings using specialist software. Social researchers often work independently on certain projects while contributing to team efforts on others. You’ll be responsible for sticking to legal and ethical standards, and you may need security clearances for handling sensitive data. Upon completion you could join the Market Research Society.  


Duration: 42 months 

Relevant school subjects: Maths, English, Science 

Entry requirements for the social researcher apprenticeship: Varies by employer, but likely 3 A-levels and possibly a relevant bachelor’s degree   

Achievement upon completion: Level 6 (Degree)—equivalent to a bachelor’s degree 

Potential salary upon completion: £25,000 

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