Would you like to become a leader in the non-profit sector?


winter whiteout on the Cairngorm plateau

With no end to winter in sight, a graduate scheme in the non-profit sector could be just the thing to keep you warm. Photo: D.Gillie, Cairngorm plateau in winter

(I’ve ‘borrowed’ this post with the kind permission of my colleague Darcey, who blogs for Moray House students. At the recent alumni evening for PPLS students, more than half the alumni were working in the NFP sector – this opportunity from Charityworks is a great way to get started in that sector. Janet)

Are you a final year undergraduate or doing a taught postgraduate? If you’re thinking about a career in the non-profit, charity or housing sector, Charityworks may be your answer. Charityworks is dedicated to finding and developing the future leaders of the non-profit sector in the UK.  The only graduate scheme of its kind, Charityworks is a paid, twelve month graduate scheme placing you in a job with a leading charity or housing organisation, at the same time as taking part in an extensive management training course.

Here’s what one Edinburgh student recently said about their placement with Charityworks:

“Management trainees on the Charityworks scheme receive a full time placement in a third sector organisation, training from leaders in the sector, a mentor and accreditation from the Institute of Learning and Management. I work at [a charity] which supports adults with learning difficulties. Other trainees are based in housing organisations or campaigning charities. I have been managing a project of 6 self-advocacy groups based in -shire and working with an organisation which employs Quality Assessors and managers with a learning difficulty to assess the quality of support we offer. This means my work ranges from supporting people to organising a local sponsorship effort to creating a learning and development portfolio or to launching a recruitment drive.”

(The graduate does also talk about a gruelling recruitment process! The full case study is available on SAGE – search for Employers >> Charityworks and then click on the Employer News item for Charityworks)

The main benefits of Charityworks are:

  • A full time salary of £15,000 for 12 months
  • An opportunity to work in at least one leading charitable organisation (a list of partners can be found on their website)
  • Bi-monthly learning sessions, accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management
  • The skills needed to work at first level management across the non profit sector
  • The opportunity to influence change through project work and research
  • Mentoring from a sector expert
  • A professional network of 50+ non profit organisations
  • A powerful peer group

After the first two years of the scheme, 100% of the Graduate Trainees were offered jobs in the organisations with whom they had undertaken a placement, all in a position above entry level.

The closing date for applications is April 22 2013. Find out more about applying on the Charityworks website.

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