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.

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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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