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CHARITYWORKS

The Challenge

A sector with no model or network dedicated to recruiting and developing excellent graduate talent.

The Response

A national graduate programme open to any non-profit organisation.



The project

Charityworks was born over a series of conversations in coffee shops in 2008, when a number of conversations between like-minded colleagues in the social sector gave breath to an idea that had developed over a number of years spent working in and with charities.

The idea stemmed from three things. Firstly, a recognition of the lack of a robust and successful talent development strategy in many non-profit organisations. Secondly, an acknowledgment that people with exceptional talent and commitment were finding it hard to find an entry route into the sector. And thirdly, a sense of frustration that working in the sector was rarely promoted as a great career despite its huge benefits.

Once the idea had been articulated, it became a reality after the overwhelmingly positive reception it received in informal conversations, at focus groups, and the original support and commitment of the six founding organisations.

Today Charityworks is the UK non-profit sector’s graduate scheme, receiving thousands of applications and taking 150 graduate trainees through the programme each year.

 

 

Today Charityworks is the UK non-profit sector’s graduate scheme, receiving thousands of applications and taking 150 graduate trainees through the programme each year.


A charity in its own right, it offers a unique opportunity for talented graduates to gain experience and build networks across the sector, at the same time as providing non-profit organisations with a cost effective and easy way of accessing talented people capable of having an immediate impact.

During our first 5 years, 100% of the trainees looking for work secured employment at the end of the programme and over two thirds of graduate trainees were employed by a partner organisation. 98% of Charityworks placement supervisors surveyed in 2015 agreed that they would recommend the programme to other managers. In 2016, Charityworks received just under 4500 applications for 140 placements.

To find out more about Charityworks, and to get involved as a trainee, host organisation, or mentor, click here.

Our Work

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