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Business Administration Apprentice - Level 3

Slough

Job Ref
20 - A1
Location
Slough
Salary
£6.20 per hour (for those under 21) to £8.50 per hour (for those aged 21 to 25)

Do you enjoy working in a variety of areas, learning new skills and can apply yourself to develop a portfolio of work leading to an apprenticeship in Business Administration Level 3.

Then join us as one of our new apprentices on a scheme that has been running for over 5 years being the stepping stone of past participants to go on to a variety of other careers. You will be involved in a variety of administrative duties across our business, supporting areas such as research, project management, sales and marketing, finance and HR. You’ll gain an insight into how organisations work, giving you an opportunity to try different areas while achieving your Level 3 City & Guilds qualification.

For your main placement you’ll bein the Research & Product Operations Department (RPO) team, you will be:
• Working on large-scale projects
• Ensuring that tasks are completed accurately and within the agreed timelines
• Telephoning schools and other organisations for recruitment or data collection purposes; responding to telephone and email queries from schools, local authorities and other organisations
• Assisting with packing and dispatch of materials, questionnaires and assessment tests to schools or Test Administrators
• Checking in returned materials and accurately recording information on the survey administration system or in Excel/Access
• Working in the Data Capture team, scanning and verifying documents
• Carrying out data matching activities and quality assurance on data
• Supporting preparations and the effective running of events
• Possibly working off-site assisting with training activities in the Midlands
• Producing documents and spreadsheets using Word and Excel.

Working in our Support Departments (e.g.: Human Resources; Finance; Facilities; Sales, Marketing & Impact), you will be assisting the administrators with clerical and computer work, which could include:
• Processing purchase orders, invoices, expenses and payments
• Responding to staff enquiries and business requirements
• Administering recruitment processes and maintaining HR records
• Contributing to learning and development projects
• Supporting preparations and the effective running of workshops/events
• Creating business documents and training materials.

Your development
We are committed to creating relevant opportunities to support your ongoing learning and development to help you achieve your Diploma. This might include:
• Developing and delivering a presentation
• Contributing to improving business processes
• Chairing and leading meetings
• Resolving complaints
• Leading a small project or contributing to a larger one.

About you
As well as being friendly, reliable, and trustworthy, you will be a good communicator and responsive to changing priorities. As your confidence builds, we will expect you to challenge appropriately and make suggestions on how we can improve our ways of working.
You will have experience in:
• Delivering high levels of customer service to internal and external customers
• Completing delegated tasks accurately and efficiently: e.g. updating records and information; producing minutes for meetings as required
• Using Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint and other software to create, edit and produce documents and presentations.
You will also need:
• An attention to detail, ensuring your work is accurate and free to mistakes
• Experience of working effectively in a team
• Good telephone skills – able to listen and gather information, respond appropriately, answering queries and giving guidance as appropriate
• Good work planning skills and the ability to complete tasks on time
• A flexible attitude and an ability to respond to changing priorities
• A proactive approach, happy to take the initiative.

About at NFER
NFER is a highly respected and successful not for profit charity that carries out research within the education system, from early years to further education up to employment. We are passionate about education and our mission is to provide impactful evidence that improves education, learning and the lives of learners.
Based in our office at Upton Park in Slough, this 13 month full-time training apprenticeship pays a salary from £6.20 per hour (for those under 21) to £8.50 per hour (for those aged 21 to 25)
We work a 35 hour week, normally 9.15am to 5.15pm with one hour for lunch. Working patterns may vary according to business needs.
We offer a generous holiday allowance, made up of:
• 30 days annual leave
• 8 bank/public holidays
• Up to 4 additional discretionary days offered at the CEO's discretion.

If you are looking for a new challenge as a Business Apprentice within Research and Product Operations, click the button to apply. Closing date will be midnight Sunday 12th January.

Function
Apprenticeship
Status
Full Time
Type
Temporary Contract


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Bids & Tenders

Research Bid Support Manager

Slough

Job Ref
HKVNL1602/SG-LB-20-017
Location
Slough
Salary
£42,746 - £48,109

Research Bid Support Manager
Salary: £35,798 - £48,109
Slough, Berkshire

Do you have a social research, humanities or similar background? do you have experience in bids, funding, proposals? Are you looking for a supporting role where you can shape winning bids focused on improving the outcomes for children and young people in education? If so, read on…

As a Research Bid Manager, you will work closely with colleagues across the organisation to co-ordinate the development of high-quality, winning proposals relating to our research work. 

Your role is a supportive role, meaning you will not be the overall lead for the proposals but will carefully manage stakeholders, internal and external, to ensure the timely delivery of high-quality proposal documents.

Typically, you’ll be working on proposals ranging from large international education surveys to complex evaluations of policy interventions to improve teaching and learning.

What does role involve?
- Planning and chairing proposal and pitch development meetings, steering decision-making
- Inputting ideas for our bid winning strategy, ensuring our proposals and pitches are robust, persuasive and cost effective
- Finding solutions to issues as they arise, liaising and negotiating with commissioners, colleagues and partners as needed
- Leading or supporting the project management of proposals
- Writing and editing sections of proposal text to client-ready standards
- Inputting to decisions about what NFER should and shouldn’t bid for

We have a very high bid success rate and once we’ve won a contract, we hand it over to research colleagues. Within this role, however, there will be opportunities to get involved with the bid team’s wider work, including driving forward NFER’s research methods work, building up our library of methods text and good practice examples.

Why is this a great role?
“I have enjoyed my bid management role with NFER and have learned a lot. It is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced social researcher to take on a strategically important, exciting and fast-paced role within the UK’s leading educational research organisation. You will get the opportunity to extend your methodological knowledge; develop your leadership, negotiation, numeracy and writing skills; and engage meaningfully with colleagues at different levels throughout all tranches of the business”. (Recent post holder)

Your background:
To be successful in this role, you will need:

- Extensive experience of leading, managing and writing proposals
- Considerable experience of developing/delivering pitches in competitive tendering situations
- Excellent writing and quality assurance skills
- The ability to challenge and support to ensure that we produce high-quality outputs
- Significant experience in writing winning, highly bespoke proposals to a client-ready standard
- To show you can develop strategies to win highly competitive research and assessment contracts
- To be solution-focused, flexible and collegiate, with excellent communication skills
- Expertise in a range of research methodologies and an interest in social research and/or assessment methods
- To work at pace

We are keen to hear from candidates who have worked in social research and are looking to move into a more strategic, business development-focused role. However, we will also seriously consider candidates from other sectors, who can demonstrate the ability to pick up new areas of expertise very quickly.

Other companies may call this role Bid Manager, Bid Writer, Business Development Bid Manager, Bid Co-ordinator, or Bid Support Co-ordinator.

Why NFER?
NFER has a worldwide reputation as a leading independent provider of education research and analysis. We are a registered charity that has contributed evidence, in-depth knowledge, and research expertise to support the creation of an excellent education for all children and young people for over seventy years. Improving the lives of children and young people is at the heart of everything we do.

- Competitive salary
- Generous pension scheme
- Free parking
- 42 days’ holiday per year including Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days
- Excellent support for professional development
- Great work/life balance (35 hours working week)
- Plus lots of well-being and social activities #NFERLife

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community.

Application closes on midnight on Sunday 1st March

So, if you are looking for a fresh, new challenge as a Research Bid Manager, please apply via the button shown.

Function
Bids & Tenders
Status
Full Time
Type
Permanent
Hours
35 hours


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Facilities

Groundsperson

Slough

Job Ref
HKVTT0204/SG-LB-20-022
Location
Slough
Salary
£19,820 - £22,309 depending on experience

Groundsperson
Slough, Berkshire
£19,820 - £22,309 per annum

Do you have green fingers and enjoy the outdoors? Are you experienced in ground maintenance and take pride in creating spaces that provide a source of enjoyment for others?

We are looking for a Groundsperson to care for, and look after, our three acres of land, which is home to an 18th century manor house, The Mere, and modern offices. Joining our facilities team, you’ll provide the annual programme of activities that ensure we offer a safe and enjoyable space for staff and visitors to enjoy.

We offer a supportive environment to grow and develop your career with the opportunity to put your ideas across. You’ll advise on the selection of plants across the estate, preparing and planting flower beds and containers and watering lawns, beds and hanging baskets.

The key activities of your role will be to:

- Maintain and develop the garden areas, lawns, woods and car parks
- Dig, fork, mulch, hoe, mow, edge, hedge cut, trim, weed and carry out pest and disease control
- Keep the gardens, car parks and footpaths clear and free from litter, including emptying bins
- Use and maintain hand tools, ladders, light machinery and plant
- Use ride-on/cylinder/rotary mowers, strimmers, leaf blowers, hedge trimmers and pressure washers
- Take on special landscaping or planting projects
- Work alongside landscaping contractors or other service providers
- Collaborate with the facilities team to make sure the grounds and buildings are properly cared for
- Carry out snow clearance and gritting in the winter months

We are a friendly and collaborative organisation and as part of the wider facilities team, from time to time you will also support with security duties, such as unlocking and locking up buildings and setting burglar alarms, as well as portering and caretaking duties.

Your technical background:

- Work experience covering all aspects of grounds maintenance
- Good knowledge of gardens and plants
- Health and safety awareness
- Neat, clean and tidy working practices

Desirable

- A horticultural qualification
- A good understanding of health and safety principles
- Previous experience of working in a facilities team

You’ll love this job, if you:

- Can work on your own initiative and unsupervised
- Are helpful, enthusiastic and flexible

Other titles for this role may include Gardener, Grounds Person, Grounds Assistant, Grounds Operative, or Gardening Assistant.

Why NFER?

NFER is a highly respected and successful not for profit charity that carries out research within the education system, from early years to further education up to employment. We are passionate about education and our mission is to provide impactful evidence that improves education, learning and the lives of learners. We offer:

- Salary of £19,820 - £22,309 depending on experience
- Generous pension scheme
- Free parking
- 42 days’ holiday per year including Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days
- Excellent support for professional development
- Great work/life balance (35 hours worked per week)
- Plus lots of well-being and social activities #NFERLife

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all sections of the community.

So, if you are looking for a fresh, new challenge as a Groundsperson, apply via the button shown. This vacancy has been placed by Webrecruit on behalf of NFER.

Function
Facilities
Status
Full Time
Type
Permanent
Hours
Monday to Friday - 35 hours


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IT

Applications Developer - .NET / Full Stack

Slough

Job Ref
HKVIW0902/SG-LB-20-012
Location
Slough
Salary
£30,880 - £34,756

Applications Developer - .NET / Full Stack
Slough, Berkshire
This role is open to Tier 2 Sponsorship.

Would you like to develop systems that make a difference to the educational outcomes of children and young people, both in the UK and internationally? If so, read on.

We have opportunities for junior and seasoned developers within our expanding Applications Development team. Join this super friendly team to work on some truly inspiring projects and systems development, alongside some of the UK’s most specialised educational researchers. You'll be developing high profile systems to carry out research commissioned by government, working with international clients on building sites and systems to support education in developing countries, and enable NFER to expand on its eAssessment capabilities.

We are a data driven organisation. As an Applications Developer, you’ll translate software requirements into workable programming code and maintain and develop programs and bespoke web applications using predominately the Microsoft.NET development stack. Key responsibilities include:

- Developing web and Windows applications using object-orientated languages such as C# and VB.NET
- Working with relational databases
- Querying datasets from relational databases
- Ensuring all applications are developed using secure development principles and are thoroughly tested prior to release
- Maintaining, supporting and updating current and future applications

Your technical background:

- Experience with an object-oriented programming language such as C#, Java etc.
- Experience in web application development and good knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript
- Knowledge of software testing methodologies
- Expertise in using the Microsoft development stack (Visual Studio, ASP.NET, SQL Server, IIS, Team Foundation Server etc.)
- Experience of commercial software development practices (e.g. using source control and agile development principles)
- Experience with web technologies such as AJAX and jQuery

Other organisations may call this role App Developer, Web Developer, Software Developer, C# Developer, Developer or Programmer.

You’ll love this job, if you:

- Can work independently and as part of a team
- Have strong problem-solving skills and innovative thinking
- Take pride in your work and have good attention to detail
- Have good interpersonal skills and the ability to disseminate knowledge
- Have the ability to work to tight deadlines

Bonus Points:

If you have experience of using AWS or Azure, or configuring IIS. Knowledge of other programming/scripting languages such as Python, PHP and VBA. Experience of SharePoint development, load testing using JMeter, or use of Atlassian’s Jira / Confluence software (or similar).

Why NFER?

With a 70-year history, NFER is an independent and highly respected charity that carries out research within education. Our robust and innovative research, assessment, and other services are widely known and used. We have a reputation as an organisation that informs policy and practice, helping to ensure the best possible education for children and young people.

- Competitive salary based on skills and experience (£30,880 - £34,756)
- Generous pension scheme
- Free parking
- 42 days’ holiday per year including Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days
- Excellent support for professional development
- Great work/life balance
- Plus lots of well-being and social activities #NFERLife

The closing date for applications is midnight on 9th February 2020.
This role is open to Tier 2 Sponsorship.

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community.

So, if you are looking for a fresh, new challenge as an Applications Developer, apply via the button shown. This vacancy has been placed by Webrecruit on behalf of NFER.

Function
IT
Status
Full Time
Type
Permanent
Hours
35 hours


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Front End Web Developer

Slough

Job Ref
HKVQG2003/SG-LB-20-014
Location
Slough
Salary
£30,880 - £34,756 per annum

Want to use your JavaScript, CSS and HTML skills to make a positive, lasting impact in education with a leading charity?

Technology is being used more and more within education and we are building, shaping and designing our own eAssessment system to be used by schools. As a Front End Web Developer, you will be joining our in-house technical team and as a team player, you will be responsible for the implementation of all required front-end customisations using JS/CSS/HTML(5). 

You’ll be working on layouts, creating the style sheets for items (assessment questions) incorporating graphs and drag and drop features. Your role will involve:
- Designing major new features and demonstrating while showing a nuanced understanding of browser constraints
- Increasing the robustness and reliability of codebases and devoting time to polishing products and systems
- Providing useful design feedback and suggesting feasible alternatives
- Implementing designs considering browser/mobile compatibility, semantics, accessibility and user experience
- Building interactive components
- Testing new code thoroughly, both locally, and once deployed on the QA environment
- Refactoring existing code to make it more testable and matching design patterns best practices
- Implementing systems that enable better testing
- Giving thoughtful code reviews as a domain expert
- Advising deployment patterns matching an application’s needs
- Participating in the SCRUM ceremonies
- Estimating the complexity of software changes requests 

Your technical background:
- Excellent knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript
- Good knowledge with VCS (Git)
- Understanding of basic Agile and SCRUM concepts
- Ability to identify and understand basic cloud patterns
- Ability to debug and profile your code efficiently
- Software development best practices and clean code principles

You’ll love this job, if you:
- Excellent communication skills
- Empathy to ensure a good collaboration with others
- Proactivity to take on trust and tasks when blocked elsewhere
- Lead knowledge and experience sharing across the team member
- Mentoring skills to share with other team members

Other titles for this role may include Front End Developer. Developer, Web Developer, Application Developer, or Website Developer.

Bonus Points:
If you have knowledge of React, Vue and Angular as this will assist you with the system, although full training will be given.

About NFER (National Foundation for Educational Research)
With a 70-year history, NFER is an independent and highly respected charity that carries out research within education. Our robust and innovative research, assessment, and other services are widely known and used. We have a reputation as an organisation that informs policy and practice, helping to ensure the best possible education for children and young people.

Why NFER?
- Competitive salary based on skills and experiences
- Generous pension scheme
- Free parking
- 42 days’ holiday per year, includes Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days
- Excellent support for professional development
- Great work/life balance

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community.

So, if you are looking for a fresh, new challenge as a Front End Web Developer, apply via the button shown.

Function
IT
Status
Full Time
Type
Fixed Term Contract
Hours
2 year fixed-term contract


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ICT Support Officer

Slough

Job Ref
HKVSS3003/SG-LB-20-021
Location
Slough
Salary
£22,979 - £25,862

ICT Support Officer
Location: Slough

Do you enjoy to troubleshoot and support others with their technical issues on PC, hardware, OS and telephony?

Joining our on-site friendly IT team, you’ll be the first point of contact providing technical support for staff working at our main office in Slough, as well as remote workers and staff located in satellite offices in York and Wales.

You’ll be based in Slough, working as part of a team of 4 who provide a 1st – 3rd line professional IT service, ensuring high levels of support. You’ll fix issues in person, via the helpdesk and over the phone. Your role will be to:

- Provide technical support and advice for approved hardware and software
- Install, test, maintain and update hardware
- Assist staff with standard operating systems and software packages
- Provide maintenance and technical support for the telephony platform, managing the PABX and voicemail systems
- Maintain the hardware asset inventory

We are looking for someone who has a genuine interest in IT, who has a passion for technology matched with good interpersonal skills to provide a friendly and supportive service.

To apply, you’ll need to have previous experience of working as part of an IT team offering a similar service. The following is also essential:

- Knowledge of Microsoft Windows 10 operating system
- Experience of supporting/troubleshooting Office 2016 Professional
- Experience of using Active Directory
- Previous experience of mailboxes, distributions lists and Exchange server 2010 to 2016
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- The ability to work to tight timescales and manage ever changing priorities

We’re eager to hear from you if you’ve worked as an IT Support Technician, Support IT Engineer, Technical Support Advisor, Service Desk Technician or IT Helpdesk Technician.

Why NFER?

NFER has a worldwide reputation as a leading independent provider of education research and analysis. We are a registered charity that has contributed evidence, in-depth knowledge, and research expertise to support the creation of an excellent education for all children and young people for over seventy years. Improving the lives of children and young people is at the heart of everything we do. We offer:

- A competitive salary
- Generous pension scheme
- Free parking
- 42 days’ holiday per year including Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days
- Excellent support for professional development
- Great work/life balance (35 hours working week)
- Plus lots of well-being and social activities #NFERLife

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community.

So, if you are looking for a fresh, new challenge as an ICT Support Officer, please apply via the button shown. This vacancy has been placed by Webrecruit on behalf of NFER.

Function
IT
Status
Full Time
Type
Permanent
Hours
Monday to Friday - 35 hours


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Project Management

Project Manager / Business Analyst - Products

Slough

Job Ref
ACHMR0403/SG-LB-20-010
Location
Slough
Salary
£42,746 - £48,109

As a Project Manager / Business Analyst, you will have experience within product management, specifically end-to-end delivery of products, with good experience on technical software products, and a collaborative and positive personality.

When we say this is an exciting time, we really mean it as we are embarking on a major strategic change project that will see NFER continue to be a leading expert in the field of educational research. Joining us at this exciting time you will project manage the specification, development, and testing of the new eAssessment system. This includes the requirements gathering, functional specifications and working closely with our on-site developers to ensure that what is developed is fit for purpose. Working with the IT Development Team, Software Tester and User Researchers, you will plan and lead user acceptance and functional testing, ensuring the system is signed off at each delivery point.

Your background:

You’re an experienced Business Analyst and you’re comfortable communicating with system developers and customers. What’s also important is that you bring a structured approach to analysis and documentation, and you’re quality focused.

- Project management expertise including budgets and resources
- Expert level Excel skills
- A logical and analytical approach able to deliver high-quality outputs to tight deadlines
- Attention to detail and able to analyse, understand and produce detailed information accurately
- Experience and understanding of the software development process
- Understanding of database technology, personal data governance and security

You’ll be a good fit for this role, if:

- You are a natural problem-solver used to reacting quickly to shifting priorities in a demanding environment
- You have a proactive and professional approach
- You have a strong desire to develop and improve the customer experience, always striving to deliver high-quality output
- You can build rapport with stakeholders and convey technical work in “plain English”
- You can work collaboratively to ensure the overall programme goals are achieved

Other companies may call this role Technical Project Manager, Project Manager, Project Delivery Manage, Change IT Manager.

Why NFER?

NFER has a worldwide reputation as a leading independent provider of education research and analysis. We are a registered charity that has contributed evidence, in-depth knowledge, and research expertise to support the creation of an excellent education for all children and young people for over seventy years. Improving the lives of children and young people is at the heart of everything we do.

- Competitive salary £42,746 - £48,109
- Generous pension scheme
- Free parking
- 42 days’ holiday per year including Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days
- Excellent support for professional development
- Great work/life balance (35 working hours)
- Plus lots of well-being and social activities #NFERLife

This is a 2 year fixed-term contract.

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community.

So, if you are looking for a fresh, new challenge as a Project Manage/Business Analyst apply via the button shown.

Function
Project Management
Status
Full Time
Type
Fixed Term Contract
Hours
2 year fixed-term contract


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Technical Project Manager / Business Analyst

Slough

Job Ref
HKVOA1602/SG-LB-20-020
Location
Slough
Salary
£42,746 - £48,109

Technical Project Manager / Business Analyst
Location: Slough
£42,746 - £48,109

As a Technical Project Manager / Business Analyst, you will have experience within project management, specifically end-to-end delivery of software, and a collaborative and positive personality.

As part of a high functioning team who manage the operations for all the research projects and product developments, you will project manage the development, delivery and trialling of our online products as well as systems required for our research and assessment projects. This will include the collating and detailing of requirements, creating functional specifications for the development team and ensuring the project is delivered to time, budget and quality standards. Working with the IT Development Team and Software Tester, you will plan and lead user acceptance and functional testing, ensuring the system is signed off at each delivery point.

Your background:

You’re an experienced software project manager with some business analyst experience and you’re comfortable communicating with system developers and customers. You enjoy getting involved with the team, ensure you understand and know the project and software from the ground up and enjoy being part of the development of bespoke systems.

- Project management expertise including budgets and resources
- Excellent communication skills
- Attention to detail and able to analyse, understand and produce detailed information accurately
- Experience and understanding of the software development process
- Understanding of requirement gathering, specification and testing, personal data governance and security
- A logical and analytical approach, able to deliver high-quality outputs to tight deadlines
- Expert level Excel skills

You’ll be a good fit for this role, if:

- You can build rapport with stakeholders and convey technical work in “plain English”
- You can work collaboratively to ensure the overall programme goals are achieved
- You have a proactive and professional approach
- You go the extra mile to get the job done well
- You are a natural problem-solver used to reacting quickly to shifting priorities in a demanding environment
- You have a strong desire to develop and improve the customer experience, always striving to deliver high-quality output

Other companies may call this role Technical Project Manager, Project Manager, Software Project Manager, or Project Delivery Manager.

Why NFER?

NFER has a worldwide reputation as a leading independent provider of education research and analysis. We are a registered charity that has contributed evidence, in-depth knowledge, and research expertise to support the creation of an excellent education for all children and young people for over seventy years. Improving the lives of children and young people is at the heart of everything we do.

- Competitive salary of £42,746 - £48,109
- Generous pension scheme
- Free parking
- 42 days’ holiday per year including Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days
- Excellent support for professional development
- Great work/life balance (35 working hours)
- Plus lots of well-being and social activities #NFERLife

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community.

Closing Date: midnight on 16th February 2020

So, if you are looking for a fresh, new challenge as a Technical Project Manager / Business Analyst, apply via the button shown. This vacancy has been placed by Webrecruit on behalf of NFER.

Function
Project Management
Status
Full Time
Type
Permanent


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