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Graduate Policy Analyst Programme 2020-21

Applications for the 2020-21 programme are now closed!

Graduate Policy Analysts are part of an 18 month development programme (ending in a permanent placement) to kick start their career in policy. The programme includes rotation between policy teams and education subject areas.

The Education Graduate Policy Analyst programme gives you the opportunity to help shape New Zealand's education system. The Ministry's focus is on delivering excellent and equitable outcomes for our increasingly diverse population. From early childhood education, to kaupapa Māori education and tertiary education, your knowledge and skills can help us make a difference to New Zealanders' futures.

We're on the lookout for candidates who will:

  • have completed within the last two years (or be in the final year of) an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification with an excellent academic record,
  • be able to demonstrate a range of experiences and diverse interests outside of study such as paid or voluntary work, community involvement, or cultural activities,
  • be flexible and able to work effectively in a fast-paced policy environment,
  • have an understanding of the values of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and how they can be applied to support education success for Māori,
  • have an analytical mind and be able to support arguments with research and evidence,
  • be able to effectively work as part of a team to achieve great results; and
  • be passionate about supporting all New Zealanders to succeed through education.

How to Apply:

Applications are open from 30 May 2019 to 30 June 2019 and will be managed by the OCG recruitment company.

To apply, please visit www.ocg.co.nz and search for vacancy reference number WSL65269OCG, or click on the following link: https://www.ocg.co.nz/resources/jobs/graduate-policy-analysts-ministry-of-education/WSL65269OCG.

See what our past graduates have to say about the programme

Maraea Mullane-Ronaki: Policy Analyst, Māori Education

Maraea Mullane-Ronaki

Policy Analyst, Māori Education

I was always interested in policy. I did an undergraduate degree in social policy and geography and a Masters in demography with a focus on Indigenous populations. After joining the graduate programme two years ago, I'm now a policy analyst in the Māori education team. I work on a range of things, from early learning through to tertiary education policy.

I feel privileged to be working in an area with a focus on making the education system equitable and enabling for Māori learners. My work is very personal, despite the focus on the macro. To me, Māori learners are my Whānau, my little brother and sister I see the potential benefit of my work for my Whānau and iwi Māori.

Policy isn't just a process. There's the importance of representation and a diverse workforce when you're working on policy informing big decisions for society.

You need to engage with others and work collaboratively. It's quite a change from university where you're focused on individual performance. It's all about our collective performance and us working together to get the best outcomes.

There are lots of opportunities ranging from high level strategic thinking to operational community engagement, and from writing cabinet papers to analysing data. The diversity in my work is really appealing.

>Alex Cliffe: Policy Analyst, Pacific Education Policy

Alex Cliffe

Policy Analyst, Pacific Education Policy

I've always been passionate about education and the transformative impact it can have on people's lives, and I was really excited when I saw that the Ministry of Education offered a policy graduate programme. I joined the graduate programme in 2016, and now work as a policy analyst in the Pacific Education Policy team, working on policy to ensure our education system enables Pacific learners and their families to achieve and succeed in education in ways that are meaningful for them.

Policy is like problem solving. You're working to understand what's happening in the education system and why, and identify the opportunities, challenges and options to address this. You get to think about what is going to make a difference to the lives of New Zealanders, and advise senior officials and Ministers of Education on what they should do to work towards a quality education system for all learners.

I've had the privilege to work with a bunch of passionate and talented people, who really care about the mahi, and I've been well supported to develop my education knowledge and policy skills. Most importantly, I've had the opportunity to listen directly to children and young people share their experiences of education and remind us why this work is so important.