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Market Research Apprentice

Swarm group
London, EC3R 6HD
£22,000 Per Annum
Closing date
27 Mar 2024

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Swarm Recruitment is working with IFF Research to help find 2 Level 4 Market Research Apprentices

About IFF Research

IFF is a social and market research agency, which means they design research to understand more about the issues that are affecting the UK so that better decisions can be made about what to do, and how to solve problems.  IFF don’t research products like chocolate or washing powder, their research is nearly all related to government policy.

IFF works in several areas, including education, the environment, health and wellbeing, housing, and finance. Many of their clients are Government departments, but they also conduct research for charities, universities, housing providers, and some businesses like banks. Each research project that IFF do is very different, as they are trying to answer different questions each time.  So, working with IFF Research means you will always be doing something different and learning something new.

IFF’s work covers the whole research process, they design each research project from scratch, then design questionnaires, interview people, analyse the data and write reports and presentations to explain their findings.

Here are some examples of the sorts of research that IFF have done:

  • Research to understand whether disabled people feel their local sports centres are accessible for them
  • Research to understand whether people who are coming up to retirement age, know how to apply for their pension
  • Research to understand how businesses feel about new tax laws Research to understand whether new schemes to help parents engage with their babies are working
  • Research to understand what skills people have within businesses, and what ‘skills gaps’ there are in the UK.  


About the Role and Responsibilities

This is an exciting opportunity to join IFF’s research team and begin your research career. Working alongside Swarm Training, IFF will provide the opportunity for you to support the research teams in delivering work through work shadowing, administrative tasks and project-specific tasks while building your skills, experience, and responsibility through your studies.

You’ll learn valuable new technical skills that go beyond Microsoft Office such as report writing and statistics, you’ll also build your teamwork skills, and communication with others through different means, and you’ll learn how to adapt to deadlines and manage your workload and how to love problems.

You’ll be given the opportunity to develop your core research skills necessary to become a successful researcher and you’ll work with IFF’s experienced team to build your knowledge in all aspects of the research process including the sectors they work in, the work they produce and deliver, clients and the processes they follow that enable them to generate industry-leading research.

As a Research Apprentice, you’ll assist with a range of tasks including:

  • Quality checking key deliverables (e.g. questionnaires, data outputs, reports)
  • Completing data entry tasks with precision and care
  • Producing neat and accurate updates for clients
  • Writing up qualitative interviews from recordings
  • Populating PowerPoint reports
  • Providing ad hoc marketing and administrative support to sector teams
  • Preparing, planning, prioritising and communicating effectively to ensure deliverables are sent to schedule
  • Building and maintaining effective working relationships with team members

Who are IFF Research looking for?

This is an opportunity for someone who is excited to begin their career in research and understands the impact their work can have. You’ll be looking forward to joining a team, supporting, and learning from IFF’s experienced researchers while also being dedicated to developing your knowledge through your studies and applying that learning to your work with support from IFF Research.


  • You may have some experience with Microsoft Office but will be willing to learn new skills as well as use new tech and systems.
  • You should have good written and verbal communication skills and will be happy to work on your own and manage your work and studies as well as working flexibly and positively with others.
  • You’ll be joining a company that values input from its team, and you’ll have the opportunity to join IFF Research’s committees and take part in our regular social events.


Working Week

The standard working hours are from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. However, flexible hours are available just so long as you complete 40 hours per week and are available to answer the telephone between 11am and 3pm. During your working hours, you must complete a minimum of 6 hours per week of study time with tutor support working towards the qualification.


IFF Research is a person-centred business 28 days of holiday plus bank holidays Private healthcare options Flexible working Well-being support Social events among other benefits to cater to all of their team. Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, there is a possible full-time position available for the right person.  


A Quote from IFF Research:

“We’re proud that time and time again we hear that the best thing about working here is our people – we know we have some of the most talented, friendly, and interesting people in the research industry. Our people have different ways of thinking and working, but we all have a shared goal of discovering what is going on in the world and making a positive difference.”


For more information about IFF Research visit their website:

Training will be with us – Swarm Training, a national provider of apprenticeships throughout the UK. The successful candidate will work towards the Level 4 Market Research qualification, this apprenticeship will take 15-18 months to complete with assessments.

The training will be conducted remotely, tutoring sessions are provided once a month online. Our tutors will assign apprentices tasks for the month. During the apprentices working hours, there will be a minimum of 6 hours per week of study time.

If you would like to provide a cover letter, please add this to the same document as the CV to guarantee being seen. 

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