Resources & Existing Programmes
1. ENTRY ROUTES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) provides information and support to employers considering recruiting an apprentice, including details of the £1,500 grant available to employers recruiting a young apprentice (16-24). NAS has officers with designated lead responsibilities for the social sector. Apprenticeship Frameworks in roles specific to the social sector have been developed by Skills-Third Sector. The frameworks are in Fundraising, Campaigning and Volunteer Management.
FairTrain is the Group Training Association specific to the sector that supports employers in accessing training and other support related to apprenticeships with guarantees on quality.
Change Makers is a leadership programme that aims to unlock the leadership potential of young people. Offers a 3 month leadership programme, of training, coaching, peer support and real world leadership experiences, placing young people (16-25) in real situations with opportunities to lead and in the process develop a new generation of leaders.
City Year is the leading youth and education charity in London and runs a volunteering scheme. Young people that join City Year dedicate a year to volunteering full time in schools as tutors, mentors and role models and City Year aims to have a transformative effect on the lives of the children that they work with, and also the lives of the volunteers that serve with them.
Create Foundation is a social enterprise that runs an innovative work based mentoring program and creates jobs for the most marginalized people. Create Academy consists of 12 week personalized work programme in a safe, supportive environment. Trainees are provided with quality training, hands- on work experience, opportunity to gain nationally recognized qualifications (certificate in food hygiene and health and safety) and mentoring (mentors help with reviewing CVs, providing references and helping in job search).
Dare2Lead offers training programmes, motivational speakers and consultancy/support offered to organisations (such as vInspired). They aim to encourage leaders – especially young people – through programmes delivered by trained leaders.
PopUp Talent is a personal and professional development programme. GoodPeople have teamed up with Foyer Federation and ChangeMakers to engage young people through the use of Pop Up events held in familiar places which will spark young people’s interest. Those who are keen may progress into the Talent Generator, a 12 week skills development programme which will help them find their passion and gain digital skills and from the Generator, these young people will have access to the Talent Pool where they will be connected to employers and opportunities
Trainee Programmes and Work Experience
Fair Train has just started a UKCES funded two year project “Employer Pathways to a skills Youth Workforce in the Third Sector” that aims to provide a sector-specific, high quality Work Experience and Intern brokerage service, provided through a quality assured framework and including support for line managers and supervisors in managing the young person on either a Work Experience placement or Internship effectively.
UpRising is a leadership programme aimed at inspiring people from diverse backgrounds to become the future leaders of society. Trains young people from four key areas to work on a specific local campaign, as well as introducing them to leaders within the public and private spheres.
YearHere is a graduate scheme offering placement, training and leadership development. Year Here is a social enterprise; offering an alternative to traditional gap years, it challenges ambitious and entrepreneurial young people to a 6-month fellowship tackling social issues in their own backyard, including training, social entrepreneurship project and professional placement. It partners with Teach First, Citizens UK and Social Investment Business.
2. ENTRY ROUTES FOR GRADUATES
Charityworks is dedicated to finding and developing future leaders for the non profit sector through its national graduate development programme, which is open to any charity, housing association or social enterprise regardless of size or turnover. Delivered through a collaborative model, graduates are employed to deliver a real job for 12 months whilst taking part in an ILM accredited management training programme, delivering 3 original pieces of research and accessing support from a mentor, peers and sector-wide networks.
Community Care Graduate Training Scheme this Scheme is part of the Skills Academy’s mission to promote and foster high quality leadership and management, funded by the Department of Health. This programme is for graduates interested in a management career in adult social care. The scheme provides a 12 month bursary, training programme and placement.
Entrepreneur First is a programme designed for top graduates who want to create disruptive, high-growth businesses as soon as they leave university. Selected candidates will become part of a group, from which they can build a team and Entrepreneur First will help them build their team as well as providing them with mentors, training, other ambitious entrepreneurs and access to funding. The scheme runs for one year and is unpaid.
People and the Planet is the UK’s largest student network campaigning to end world poverty, defend human rights and protect the environment, based in Oxford. Their 11 month long paid internship scheme focuses on developing campaigning skills.
Student Hubs is a registered charity and through their graduate programme they are offering 12 opportunities for high-performing graduates who want to develop a career in the not-for-profit sector. The programme is a fully funded 10 month placement, guaranteeing graduates a wide range of experience across the organisation including working on programmes, communications, fundraising, events management and business development.
Cancer Research UK is the largest fundraising charity in the UK, whose research aims to delivers the breakthroughs which prevent, control and cure cancer. They run a 2 year long paid graduate training schemes in science and research, corporate services, fundraising and marketing, communications, information technology and all graduates receive training and development.
Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 3 million supporters, members and activists in over 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights. They recruit unpaid interns for their International Secretariat (IS) offices in London, Geneva and New York. Interns work for six-month periods carrying out administrative and project-related work.
Barnardo’s aims to transform the lives of vulnerable children across the UK through the work of projects, campaigning and research expertise. They offer a variety of unpaid 12 week long internships in a number of departments across the UK. The internships focus on marketing, finance, policy and research, campaigns and communication, children services and retail.
The British Red Cross is a volunteer-led humanitarian organisation that helps people in crisis, “whoever and wherever they are”. They run a selection of 8-12 week long unpaid internships in a variety of locations around the UK, with a focus on Fundraising
The Charities Advisory Trust is dedicated to finding practical methods of redressing inequalities and injustice. They provide short paid internships (October to December) or early-entry ‘advanced’ internships (of varying length), focusing on the Card Aid service, for those who have two years’ work experience post-graduation.
Dyslexia Action is a national charity that takes action to change the lives of people with dyslexia and literacy difficulties. They offer a voluntary unpaid internship scheme that covers a range of departments within the organisation.
Macmillan Cancer Support provides practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care. They have an unpaid internship scheme focusing on events, communications and fundraising.
Oxfam is a global movement of people working towards a world without poverty. It offers unpaid internships lasting between three and six months and a long-term internship lasting between six and twelve months in different locations and areas of the organisation.
Look Ahead is a housing association that supports around 6,000 people across London and the South East each year. They run a 12 month paid programme that provides specialised training based in services or business areas of Look Ahead’s work and encourages participants to work towards their Management Foundation Programme award.
Sanctuary is a housing association which builds a range of new developments from housing to care homes, student accommodation to office buildings. They run a paid programme, that lasts between 18-24 months, and there are two parts to the scheme – an introductory programme and then rotational business placements; these placements occur within Central Services, Housing, Property Services, Sanctuary Care and Sanctuary Management Services.
TRADITIONAL RECRUITMENT ATTRACTING GRADUATES
Prospects focus on providing advice on the best way to get a job within the sector and advertise current vacancies within the 3rd sector.
Graduate Recruitment Bureau
Milkround is large website advertising vacancies and schemes aimed at graduates. Recently updated their website, and beginning to offer more jobs in the non-profit sector, now including a whole page overview of the sector.
3. INITIATIVES THAT CONNECT PEOPLE ACROSS THE SECTOR
Common Purpose is an international, not-for-profit organisation which runs leadership development courses which mix people from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors”.
Charity Next is an initiative to improve understanding between the sectors through secondments. Charity Next gives (graduates) leaders and future leaders in the private and public sectors the opportunity to contribute their skills and enthusiasm to key posts in the voluntary sector, in order to facilitate an exchange of expertise, build greater mutual understanding and encourage closer working.
Clore Social Leadership Programme offers an individualised Fellowship leadership development programme for future leaders in charities, social enterprises and community organisations. Is now building a network with the wider Fellowship as the earlier Fellows complete the development programme. Annual intake from open online selection process.
Clore offer a variety of training programmes for the future leaders and current managers within the arts sector. The programme was created in partnership with Arts Council England, Clore Duffield Foundation and a number of other art councils and art related institutions.
Good People is a platform for sharing ideas, opportunities and mentoring. Funded by the Cabinet Office, Good People is a free peer-to-peer platform for posting ideas, jobs, internships and voluntary opportunities. The aim is for GoodPeople.co.uk to become an essential tool for anyone who wants to use their time, skills & networks as a force for good.
IVO is an on line platform for connecting people and organisations that want to change their world. Open to anyone interested in volunteering time, sharing ideas, networking with social activists, accessing resources.
TSRC is a sector focussed research body. Currently running a research project exploring the nature of careers in the sector.
Skills-Third Sector is an independent charity working to support the development of a sector workforce that is ambitious, skilled and adaptable in achieving the objectives of the organisations they work for and the communities they serve. It has four current developments that will all enhance the recruitment and development of talent in the sector:
- The Skills Platform – a highly interactive web platform designed to support organisations and people in the sector to access training and development opportunities in a more informed way and to enable the sharing of training and development resources across the sector via an online marketplace and information source. Due to be online in September 2013.
- Skills Clubs. These are a brand new idea and initiative aimed at facilitating collaboration between employers in the sector
- Developing resources for articulating example career pathways in the sector (part of the work arising from the Leadership 20:20 Commission recommendations.
- Developing a leadership development framework specific to the sector.
There are many diverse networks available to people working in the non profit sector or people interested in social change. Here are a few all accessible through Linked In Groups:
Convergence, Charity UK, Good People, Civil Society Global Network, European Civil Society Leaders, Guardian Social Enterprise Network, Non Profit and Charity Network, Non Profit Management Professionals, Social Entrepreneurs, Social Entrepreneurs & The Third Sector, Social Impact Exchange, SocialEarth, Social Change Network, Third Sector Connector, Third Sector Women, UnLtd.
4. ENTRY ROUTES FOR CAREER CHANGERS
Prime Timers offers quality business and organisational expertise to work in partnership with charities, voluntary groups, social enterprises and other types of existing and emerging civil society organisations, to build their capacity and to achieve real social change. Also offers advice to executives who are in transition and who want to use their skills with social enterprises and charities.
Working for a Charity is run by NCVO, Working for a Charity aims to serve as a bridge for those wishing to transfer their skills to the voluntary sector through training, information and work experience; offers training courses, information and advice to career changers, returners to work and new graduates on how to transfer their skills effectively into the charity sector and the unique management issues they may face.
On Purpose is aimed at experienced and qualified professionals, On Purpose programme participants become Associates (throughout the programme) & Fellows (after graduation). The aim is to find and work with professionals at an early point in their career to grow the next generation of social enterprise leaders