Research Intern with the Cattanach Trust

The Cattanach Trust funds charities across Scotland for projects which support children from pre-birth to three years old, who are affected by levels of relative deprivation.

Location: Edinburgh, home based

£7.65 per hour, 3 days per week for 12 weeks.

Immediate start.

There is good evidence that supporting children during the first years of a child’s life has the greatest positive impact on their developmental progress. Good quality services improve not only a child’s life during these years, but also have substantial benefits into adolescence and adulthood.

The Trust’s view is that prioritising this age group values children in Scotland appropriately, and will make a significant contribution to Scotland's National Outcome - ‘Our children have the best start in life and are ready to succeed.’

Working as a Research Intern with the Cattanach Trust the successful intern will provide a Scotland-wide market analysis for the Early Years. You will have the opportunity to gain an insight into an area of work which is a key policy priority for Scottish Government and various stakeholders including Health, Education and Social Care sectors.

In this role, you will develop, implement and analyse an inventory of work being undertaken by charities, local authorities and other stakeholders to better understand the delivery models of working with children from pre-birth to 3 years. You will be able to call upon the Children 1st mapping exercise for background information. From this a database will be produced of those who are funding and those who are delivering projects which benefit parents, families and children in early years throughout Scotland. This will support the Trust to develop better informed decisions regarding distribution of grant income in our future funding rounds.

Specific tasks will include:

  • Report writing
  • Data entry and collating

Analysis of data using a variety of tools and strategies

  • Working with stakeholders and Trustees to ascertain information


The ideal candidate will have a flair for research and information collation/presentation and an interest in policy and its application in the third sector. Candidates should be able to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to Early Years policy in Scotland. A background in research or social policy will be highly regarded.

Proactive and well organised, you will have the ability to collect data, apply research for source materials and undertake analysis of both quantitative and qualitative information
. You will be confident when working to deadlines and be comfortable using your own initiative to develop projects to bring value to the work of the Trust You should have excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills and be happy travelling and meeting with stakeholders as required.


Closing date for applications is Friday 7 November 2014, 5pm.

Interviews will be held in Edinburgh on 26 November 2014.

Please submit a CV and brief covering letter through the Adopt an Intern online application form on our website. All applications must be submitted by 5pm 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.