Researcher (Disability Employment) with Adopt an Intern


Location: Edinburgh
£10.00 per hour
Full or part-time, 200 hours contract
Immediate start
Closing date: 17 May 2017, noon.

(This Project is sponsored by EVMT ProgRess Ltd to support disabled graduates into work)

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About the Company

Adopt an Intern (AAI) is a not-for-profit company specialising in the facilitation of paid internships for unemployed and underemployed graduates.

We work with employers from all sectors across the UK, and have placed over 1300 graduates into internship opportunities from Economic Policy to Glass Blowing.

We have two groups of customers: employers and applicants. This dual focus requires a careful balance in the use of our resources, which we achieve by listening carefully to the needs of those customers and responding in an agile and flexible manner.

One of the issues central to our ethos is equality of access to the workplace for graduates from all backgrounds, and we now have the opportunity to carry out a piece of research on the barriers faced in this regard by disabled people. We are particularly interested in the interplay of employers’ fears around accommodating the needs of disabled people, and needs as they are actually experienced by individuals.

EVMT ProgRess Limited is a family run business providing project and programme management services to both public and private companies for major infrastructure programmes. The company has developed a good relationship with AAI who have successfully provided Interns in support of the HS2 Rail Programme. EVMT is also committed to promoting business and project management using the Association for Project Management (APM) guidelines.

The Role

Your work will form the framework of how AAI supports disabled people and their potential employers in the future.

We’re looking for an enthusiastic and creative graduate with an understanding of disability issues to apply their skills in a research role, gathering information, speaking to experts in the field and creating a comprehensive report.

Reporting to the CEO, and working closely with the team for support, your duties will be to:

• undertake a programme of research activities to gather evidence on
a. the barriers to employment at graduate level faced by individuals with a disability
b. the concrete and perceived barriers for employers around hiring individuals with a disability and making adjustments to accommodate any additional support needs
• analyse the information compiled and extract key findings
• write a report outlining the areas of research, key findings and potential recommendations for action.
• Participate in team and board-level meetings.

This is a great opportunity to join a small yet dynamic team where ideas for improvement are always welcome, and in which your skills and abilities will be put to good use. Adopt an Intern are a very hands-on team in which each member is encouraged to contribute and make their mark.

If, as a disabled person, there are specific needs related to submitting an application that you require support with, please do contact us on

In support of your development you will also have access to EVMT who will provide project management guidance and peer reviews.


We would be especially keen to receive applications from those who meet the criteria and consider themselves to have a disability.

Any degree background may apply as long as you can prove you have the skills to do the job. A degree in which research methodology has played a significant part, or perhaps a business management or related background would be useful. You’ll be conducting research, analysis and reporting, so you will be confident in these areas of work and keen to develop your relevant skills and experience further.

You will be able to demonstrate an interest in, and an understanding of, the issues facing disabled people accessing the workplace.
The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, well-organised, have a strong work ethic and a high level of attention to detail. We’re looking for a confident written and verbal communicator. You'll also be a good listener, able to gather information from people to inform and underpin your arguments.

Candidates must have the ability to manage their own workload and stick to a project plan, whilst possessing the flexibility and resilience to deal with unforeseen occurrences. You must be happy to work from home on your own, as well as with other members of the team at regular face-to-face meetings. You will need access to your own computer and mobile phone. Some flexibility around working hours would be advantageous, as occasional evening attendance at events will be expected.


Closing date for applications is 17 May 2017, 12 noon.

Please submit a CV and brief covering letter through the AAI online application form on our website along with examples/links to your writing work. All applications must be submitted by noon on the closing date. State a. your availability and b. relevant information on your skills/experience pertaining to the job spec. We do NOT accept e-mail applications unless otherwise stated.

Please confirm your eligibility to work in the UK.


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