Vacancies: USE IT Intern

USE IT (Unlocking Social Economic Innovation Together)

‘Birmingham is a key economic hub and a popular destination for migration. Whilst the City is a ‘big draw’, the reality of poverty and underemployment amongst indigenous and migrant populations is leading to increasing social, economic and environmental isolation. We will be working in a highly-populated inner City transect with high poverty and new migrant populations, where more than 40% of the population has no formal qualifications. We will use the building of a new hospital, local social enterprise structures and universities rich in cultural and creative capital to enable the population to self-empower in a sustainable way. This means increasing their employment prospects and their ability to engage and influence the public planning, investment and strategy that takes place in their localities.

We will use the social, cultural and educational micro and macro assets already present in individuals and communities. Local government, the health service and universities will work with neighbourhoods to capture their aspirations and social and support networks. These will be mapped and brought to life with citizen narrative, thus providing a ‘live’ quantitative and qualitative evidence base to guide changes in administrative, health and educational strategy, investment and evaluation. We will support local people into jobs in the National Health Service and social enterprise, harnessing existing professional expertise that needs reaccreditation and transposing business opportunities onto grassroots cultural networks. We will help communities develop the language and understanding of structures and systems needed to make a difference to the jobs, built environment, natural space and social networks open to them. We will help fine-tune and connect the talent that lies within the chosen to transect.

As a result of the project, people in the communities will access jobs at the hospital and other opportunities linked to the large investment projects planned for the area (macro-assets). New businesses will be created and developed in the area by local people and even more people will find employment within these businesses. We will support them to raise their aspirations and to access affordable educational and training opportunities. With residents, local authorities, universities, social enterprise and NHS working as equals, we hope our activities will fundamentally change the way these partners deliver and shape, education and training, investment, business support and community collaborations.

We will use the intelligence and results emerging from USE-IT! as a basis for feasibility work to inform how we strengthen and use innovative forms of finance to continue to connect macro-assets and micro-assets longer-term to provide a sustainable way of ensuring the results of the project continue to be supported beyond the UIA programme. We shall do this by putting the residents and their ‘lived expertise’ at the centre of decision making’

Health Exchange is one of 16 partners committed to delivering the outcomes of USE IT. Our expertise includes engaging and developing existing relationships and networks to support delivery, identifying health and social care market opportunities, social enterprise consortia building and providing analysis and recommendations for innovative finance, schemes or investment that can support the sustainability of the project post end of contract.


The USE IT Project Intern will work closely with the USE IT team at Health Exchange to provide support, research, analysis and content on community assets and finance.

This will involve working with project partners and engaging with local organisations in order to produce clear and concise analysis and recommendations on existing assets within the community, best practice, successful examples of USE IT testing and research on diverse forms of finance, schemes or investment.


To conduct and provide both primary and secondary research on existing community assets, needs and opportunities

To provide analysis and recommendations of best practice and potential forms of social finance, schemes or investment opportunities

To support the rest of the team in identifying potential health and social care market opportunities

To present research findings in various formats

To engage and network with local organisations and other USE IT Project partners in collating data and research

To report regularly to the line manager and meet any deadlines set

To contribute meaningfully to group discussions and external meetings

To support the growth of the SOHO network, which underpins all of the USE IT Project

To be a representative of the project at all times

To represent Health Exchange and commit to all policies and procedures


We are looking for someone who is pro-active and passionate about projects and initiatives designed to address systemic and challenging opportunities. The successful candidate will be able to lead their own desk research, be autonomous, organised and able to work independently as well as in a team. They will also be willing to learn and understand more about social finance


Qualifications and Skills:

· Must have completed their undergraduate degree or be in final year

· Degree in any subject, however, an understanding of current health and social care context essential

· Understanding of social enterprise or social finance desirable

· Excellent research and written skills essential

· Excellent communication and presentation skills essential

· IT and Microsoft skills essential

· Must be willing to travel around project area (Smethwick, Ladywood and Soho)


· Experiencing of developing and maintaining relationships with clients

· Working with a range of health, social care professionals and voluntary and community sector organisations.

· Experience of working with a range of communities

· Identifying funding opportunities and drafting applications knowledge and understanding is essential.

· Effective approaches to community engagement and development.

· Knowledge of community development techniques used to improve mental health and wellbeing, healthy eating and physical activity.

· Up to date knowledge of issues affecting the work of voluntary/community groups.

· Ability to meet deadlines and work in an efficient manner

· A commitment to the principles of equal opportunities.

· An understanding of the importance of confidentiality and data protection.

Whilst every effort has been made to outline all the main duties and responsibilities of the post, a document such as this does not permit every item to be specified in detail. Also, the post holder may, from time to time, be asked to undertake other reasonable duties commensurate with the grading of the post.

Successful candidates will be subject to a DBS check and references

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Internship

Salary: £16,087.50 /year


  • Research: 1 year (Preferred)


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