Environmental Health Trading Standards Intern

Food Standards Agency

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 3rd July 2022



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£17,858 (National) per annum £20,576 (London) per annum


Administrative Officer

Contract type


Length of employment

12 Months

Business area

FSA - Regulatory Compliance - Official Feed and Food Controls Framework Team, Delivery Standards Unit

Type of role

Operational Delivery

Working pattern

Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



Multi-location from one of our FSA Offices (Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, London or York), or home based in the UK. Please be aware that this role can only be worked within the UK and not overseas. Travel across the UK will be required on an occasional basis, possibly with overnight stays.


The FSA is a non-ministerial department of over 1300 people, with a big vision - to drive change in the food system so that it delivers “food we can trust”. Our primary goal is to continue to protect public health and UK consumers’ wider interest in food. As we have now exited the EU, the FSA faces a significant period of change and activity.

The FSA offers an internship programme, in England, for those in the Environmental Health and Trading Standards professions who have completed or are currently undertaking the professional qualifications required by FSA's Food and Feed Law Codes of Practice to deliver official food and feed controls in local authorities.

The role will provide an exciting opportunity for you to experience what it is like to work for the FSA, supporting policy delivery teams, enforcement experts, scientists and front-line inspectors.

We are looking for a motivated and forward-thinking individual who will help us deliver our goals.

Job description

The post sits within the FSA’s Regulatory Compliance Division (RCD), and specifically within the Official Feed and Food Controls Frameworks Team (OFFC Frameworks Team).

As an intern in the FSA you will work alongside a range of teams and will be expected to assist in scoping research projects, undertake information gathering and analysis activities and produce reports.

A requirement of the post will also be to provide comments on policy documents and other proposals, and engage with stakeholders, such as local authority enforcement officers, business operators and consumers.

It is anticipated that some time will be spent shadowing local authority enforcement officers and with the food/feed industry.


Please read the attached Candidate Pack to discover further details about the role, our organisation, who we are looking for and the criteria we will assess against during the selection process. We look forward to receiving your application and wish you every success.


By clicking yes you are confirming that you either currently hold or are at a suitable stage in completing a Food Hygiene, Food Standards and/or Animal Feed qualification recognised in the Food or Feed Law Code of Practice


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Working Together
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Lead Criteria 1 - Please confirm which qualification you either hold or are currently working towards, and at what stage?
Our candidate pack details the benefits that the FSA has to offer. Please also refer to the attached Terms and Conditions statement.


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.
Full details of the selection process are detailed in the attached candidate pack. This will consist of shortlisting against the essential and desirable person specification criteria stated. If successful at shortlisting stage, you will be invited to the final selection stage consisting of a behaviour and strength-based interview.

In the event of receiving a large number of applications an initial sift may take place on just the identified lead criteria indicated below:

Lead Criteria 1 – Please confirm which qualification you either hold or are currently working towards, and at what stage?

Lead Criteria 2 – Good interpersonal skills and a demonstrable ability to work as a team and build effective working relationships

The FSA is dedicated to a policy of equal opportunity for all. Being truly reflective of our society and building a culture where everyone can perform at their best is critical to the work of the FSA. We are looking to recruit from the widest possible talent pool and encourage candidates to apply from a diverse range of backgrounds. We are proud to be an inclusive, equal opportunities employer and are committed to ensuring that all candidates are treated fairly throughout the recruitment and selection process and beyond. All appointments are made on merit.

Please be assured that diversity information requested during the course of your application plays absolutely no part in our selection processes and is not seen by anyone assessing applications. Any information provided is anonymised and used for statistical purposes only.

We actively review the deployment of talent on a periodic basis in the interests of optimising personal development and the achievement of business plans.

Our candidate pack details the benefits that the FSA has to offer. Please also refer to the attached terms and conditions statement.

Any move to the Food Standards Agency from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare.

Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

A reserve list will be held for a period of up to 12 months from which further appointment may be made.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.
The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment.
Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : Nicholas Dawson
  • Email : nicholas.dawson@food.gov.uk

Recruitment team :

  • Email : hr.recruitment.campaigns@food.gov.uk

Further information

If you wish to raise a complaint then please email hr.recruitment.campaigns@food.gov.uk in the first instance.

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