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Graduate Leadership Trainee

As a Charityworks Graduate Trainee you will deliver a 12-month full time, paid job in a partner charity or housing association and take part in a year-long acclaimed leadership programme introducing you to what you need to work and lead in the non-profit sector.

The role

Employer: Charityworks operates through a collaborative network of non-profit organisations and as such our placements exist within charities and housing associations across the UK in cause areas as diverse as: human rights, international development, housing, social care, disability, hospice care, young people, animal welfare, environment, gender issues, mental health and many more. 

Job:  Charityworks places Graduate Trainees into existing jobs across a range of organisations, and as such, the roles are highly diverse including areas such as marketing, communications, IT, finance, frontline services, campaigning, research, policy, volunteer engagement, HR, business development and more.

Leadership programme: Alongside your placement, you will take part in a leadership programme, endorsed by the Institute of Leadership and Management, which aims to give you an overview of some of the key issues affecting society and the non-profit sector, help you perform in your role, while also helping you develop skills, knowledge and networks you’ll will find useful through your life and career.  You will have every chance to shape you own experience of the programme year through your research, access to coaching, networking opportunities, and mentoring. Alongside this self- directed work, we will also bring you together in groups for peer coaching, local cohort sessions, and national conference events.

Hours: Usually 9am - 5pm with some flexibility according to the requirements of the placement and your host organisation.

Contract: Fixed term, 12 months commencing September 2019

What we're looking for

To apply for Charityworks you must meet the following eligibility criteria. Please note that we do make exceptions for these criteria on a case by case basis. If you do not meet the criteria but believe we should consider your application, please call 020 3620 5252.


  • Our minimum academic requirements are a 2:1 at degree level (or equivalent) OR a Masters.
  • We do not have a preference for particular degrees or disciplines.
  • We offer a selection of technical roles too, making the programme also relevant to those from a STEM, IT or Finance background.


You must have at least one piece of experience which allows you to demonstrate your commitment to social change (this can be paid or unpaid, at home or abroad, and can include caring responsibilities).*


Ability to competently use basic IT software packages (e.g. Microsoft Office or equivalent), which may include any adaptations/adjustments as required.*


Due to the fact that we partner with a range of organisations and place Graduate Trainees into a vast number of varied roles, it is not possible to provide a detailed job description that applies to all positions at this stage. That said, there are 8 core competencies which we believe are core to you succeeding on the programme. Through our selection process you will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Beneficiary and customer focus
  • Communicate with impact
  • Build positive relationships
  • Resilient
  • Results driven
  • Innovative and entrepreneurial
  • Adaptable
  • Commitment to personal development

More information about the competencies we look for are available on our website.  

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