Graduate scheme

£23,400 - £25,642

Want to change the world for a living? Interested in a career creating a social impact?

Charityworks is the UK non-profit sector’s graduate scheme: a paid, 12-month programme which gives you all the tools you need to launch a successful career in the UK non-profit sector. Charityworks Graduate Trainees will earn £23,400 (or £25,642 in London), a salary that is tied to the Living Wage. This may, therefore, rise in October, pending updated guidance from the Living Wage Foundation (LWF).

As a Charityworks Graduate Trainee, you will deliver a 12-month full-time job in a non-profit organisation and take part in an acclaimed Institute for Leadership and Management (ILM) recognised leadership programme which will equip you to lead in the non-profit sector.

In your placement you might be providing vital business support and evaluation at a national charity like NSPCC, leading on the improvement of infrastructure projects with a housing charity, driving business development at a mental health charity like Mind, or serving a community in a local project. You’ll be placed within an organisation that matches your interests and expertise, and have a chance to make a real impact through your work.

Our partner charities have included Mind, Marie Stopes International, Christian Aid, LGBT Foundation, National Housing Federation, Age UK, Barnardo’s, Big Issue Invest, Unicef, Who Cares? Scotland, Guide Dogs for the Blind, and many more.

Alongside your placement, you will take part in an acclaimed leadership programme. You’ll be supported by our programme team and an external mentor to help you make the most of the year. Once a month, you’ll come together with fellow trainees and leaders across the sector to explore and debate the key issues affecting your work and society as a whole. You’ll also produce your own research, helping to raise your profile and develop your understanding of your environment.

At the end of the 12-month scheme you’ll have the experience and skills to kick-start your professional career in the UK social sector and beyond. Charityworks graduates are highly desired with 98% securing employment within 3 months if they were looking for it. Typically, over 66% of graduates stay in their host organisations at the end of the year, and 96% of graduates since 2009 have remained within the non-profit or public sector – some have even gone on to start their own organisations.

Whatever you do in the long-term, Charityworks is a great way to launch your career and get paid to change the world. Don’t just take it from us, check out what our graduates have to say on our website and targetjobs employer hub.

Why does the Fast Track stream exist?

To solve the most challenging and complex social issues in the UK, the non-profit sector needs access to the absolute best people and in order to do this, it seeks to recruit from the widest talent pool possible.

According to the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) just 5.3% of charity chief executives are from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) background. The Charityworks Programme aims to bring the best people into leadership roles in the sector, and we want to tackle this lack of representation for the good of the sector and all those who are dependant upon it.

Charityworks actively seeks and encourages applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds. More specifically, our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring has indicated that the programme itself currently marginally under-represents minority ethnic groups and so we actively encourage applications from eligible candidates from a BAME background.

We’re continuing to strive to ensure the sector reflects the diverse communities that it serves. When we launched our campaign for diversity in 2018, just 7% of our trainees were from a BAME background. Now, after just 4 years, that figure is more than 35% and rising. Therefore, the Charityworks Fast Track exists to encourage, support and develop more top-class talent from a BAME background to enter the sector and gain access to acclaimed leadership development opportunities through Charityworks.

About the Fast Track stream

The Charityworks Fast Track is an opportunity to gain professional development experience in preparation to launch a career in the non-profit sector as well as fast-track access to the Charityworks Programme. It’s specifically designed for applicants from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) background.

  1. You gain professional development experience, aimed at developing your leadership skills in preparation to launch your career in the non-profit sector.
  2. You gain fast-track access to the Charityworks Programme in 2024, by skipping straight to our final assessment activities.

After applying to the Fast Track, with our shorter 2-question application form, successful applicants will be invited to take part in a professional development experience ahead of the fast-tracked assessment. Here you’ll get a chance to grow your skillset and understanding of the non-profit sector and develop new skills for your career development.

This offer is likely to take the form of a digital half-day development session with professionals in the sector and also serve as a fast-track to the final stage assessment activities for Charityworks. Candidates successful through these activities will then join the Charityworks Programme in 2024.

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£23,400 - £25,642

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Opportunities are UK-wide and with a mix of on-site, hybrid and remote working patterns available

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