Applications for Charityworks 2018 are open closed. We will re-open for applications for the 2019 programme this Autumn.  To be one of the first to find out when we open again, please click Express Your Interested in the top left of this page to sign up for updates.


What We're Looking For
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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 email us at or 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.*



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 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: Regardless of your job role and however far your remit is from the frontline, your beneficiaries are always your number one priority in any charitable organisation. You should understand who your beneficiaries are and show a commitment and desire to anticipate, meet and exceed their needs and expectations.
  • Communicate with impact: We are looking for people who can communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing. You should be confident at conversing with a variety of people and be able to adapt your style to different audiences. You will be able to present your ideas appropriately and persuasively, while actively listening and engaging with others’ contributions.
  • Build positive relationships: This is about being a good team player and being able to build and maintain strong inter-personal relationships. You will be able to develop excellent professional relationships with colleagues and beneficiaries, respecting others and collaborating effectively to achieve shared goals. You will be able to provide and receive challenge in a constructive way and actively engage with others to resolve conflict or challenge.
  • Resilient: We are looking for people who can retain focus, optimism and high performance even when faced with adversity or opposition. You will be able to remain calm, stable and self-controlled during challenging situations and stay focused on overcoming any barriers that are hindering achievement of your goals. You will view challenge, setbacks and failure as an opportunity to learn and develop.
  • Results driven: It’s essential to maintain focus on your organisation’s mission and values at all times. As such, you should be goal orientated, identifying opportunities and being proactive in putting ideas and solutions forward. You will be a strong problem solver, able to take initiative and be confident in making informed decisions.
  • Innovative and entrepreneurial:You will be curious to new approaches and will be creative in generating or adapting new and imaginative ideas to address challenges, organisational situations and problems. You will be comfortable in challenging the status quo and prepared to try new ways of working.
  • Adaptable: You will cope well with changing demands and environments and maintain your effectiveness and productivity throughout. You will be flexible and able to work in different settings and with different people. You understand that change is often vital for improving services and adjusting to an ever changing social, political and economic landscape.
  • Commitment to personal development: We believe the best social leaders invest highly in their own personal development. You will be conscious of your strengths and weaknesses and continuously identify and act upon opportunities for personal and professional growth.


All Charityworks Graduate Trainees are selected through an open application and selection process, designed to test your motivations to join the programme and your fit against our core competencies and leadership behaviours. You can find details of the application timeline and details of our assessment methods below.



Tue 3rd October 2017 – Wed 28th February 2018: Applications open

Tue 10th October 2017 – Wed 7th March 2018: Online tests

Throughout May 2018 – June 2018: Assessment centres

End of June 2018: Programme offers

July 2018 – August 2018: Placement matching

Mon 3rd September 2018: Programme starts


Our Selection Process


Application Form: We will ask you to submit your personal details, education history and answer 4 questions which are designed to assess your motivations to join Charityworks. We strongly encourage you to read the information on our website and complete the self-selection tool before submitting your application.


Online Tests: All candidates who submit an application form will be invited to sit three online tests and your application form will be shortlisted on the basis of your combined scores across these tests. You can access further information and practice tests on our provider’s website. The three tests are as follows:

  • Verbal Critical Reasoning Test – To assess your ability to understand written information and make reasoned conclusions based on the content of the passage.
  • Charityworks Situational Judgement Test – To assess how you would approach a series of scenarios which you may encounter as a Charityworks Graduate Trainee. This helps us determine whether you are a good fit for the programme as well as helping you to decide whether this is the right scheme for you.
  • Work Style Questionnaire – To understand your working style preferences.  Please note that only the parts of this test which relate to the competencies listed on our website (see ‘What we’re looking for’ section) will be used for selection purposes, with the remainder being used to inform the placement matching process if you are successful at being made an offer to join the programme.

Assessment Centre: If you pass the online tests and your application is shortlisted, you will be invited to one of our full day assessment centres that will take place across England during May and early June 2017 (dates and locations TBC). During the day you will take part in an interview and a variety of individual and group activities to assess you against our core competencies and values. Full details of the assessment centre will be sent to candidates in advance of the day.

Programme Offer: Candidates who have performed best throughout the selection process will be made an offer to join the Charityworks programme in mid June. We are aiming to have 150 graduate trainees on the 2017/18 Charityworks cohort, placed across our partner charities and housing associations across England, Scotland and Wales.

Placement Matching: If you are successful in being made a programme offer, Charityworks will place you into a role within one of our partner organisations. You will have the opportunity to state your preferences any restrictions you have around geography, role type and charitable cause, and these will be taken into account during the matching process. Charityworks is designed to fill real jobs across a diverse sector experiencing significant flux. Ultimately we will work to match you to a placement that is a good fit for you out of those that are available, but you may be offered a role that you would not have previously considered. Candidates should note that a programme offer does not constitute an offer of employment and is subject to the securing of a suitable placement and to references and pre-employment checks.

Feedback: We aim to provide quantitative feedback to all candidates who progress to the assessment centre stage of the process and beyond. Unfortunately, due the number of applications we receive, we will not be able to provide feedback to candidates who do not progress to the assessment centre stage of the process, and given the nature of our selection process (merit-based, and against a clear criteria and scoring framework), we will not provide qualitative feedback for any stage of the process.


Our commitment to an inclusive application process

Charityworks is committed to providing an inclusive and accessible application process to all candidates and is actively working to improve the diversity of workforces and the non-profit sector. If you require adjustments to any part of the selection process, please do not hesitate to contact us at or by calling 020 3620 5252, and we will work with you to identify adjustments that will allow you to perform at your best.

Charityworks is a fantastic opportunity to fast-track your career in the non-profit sector. Before applying, please give some thought as to whether this is the right option for you at this point in your life and career. Here are some questions to help you think it through:


Charityworks self-selection tool

  • The non-profit sector is currently going through a period of great change, with big challenges and big opportunities. Most organisations are having to deliver more with less resource, and finding it difficult to do so. Are you resilient enough to deliver excellent work in challenging environments?
  • Charityworks gives you a launching pad to rapidly accelerate your career following the programme. The salary for the year is £18,000 UK-wide and £20,000 in London. Are you prepared to proceed on this basis?
  • Charityworks is designed to find the future leaders of the non-profit sector. We are passionate about working to make a social impact, and want to work with people who feel the same way. Everyone who applies to Charityworks wants to make a difference, we need people who can go even further. Can you convince us that the non-profit sector is right for you?
  • The Charityworks programme requires you to balance a demanding full-time job with additional learning commitments across the rest of the programme, such as training sessions, impact research assignments and mentoring sessions. Does this kind of challenge appeal to you?
  • Building strong inter-personal relationships is key to every part of Charityworks. Participants have to be able to work well with their peers, their colleagues, and with Charityworks itself. Are you confident that you will be considered a team player?

Want to make the most of your application?  Watch our How to Show Us Your Best webinar, where one of our team show you what makes a good Charityworks application form.  

Applications for Charityworks 2018 are now closed. We will re-open for applications for the 2019 programme this Autumn.  To be one of the first to find out when we open again, please click Express Your Interested in the top left of this page to sign up for updates.


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