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As a Charityworks Trainee you will deliver a full time job in a partner charity or housing association, and take part in an acclaimed leadership programme which will introduce you to what you need to work and lead in the non-profit sector.


Charityworks is a paid 12-month programme
which gives you all the tools you need to launch a successful
career in the UK non-profit sector.


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As a Charityworks Trainee you will deliver a full time job in a partner charity or housing association.  You’ll undertake a real paid job in your placement organisation.  Roles vary across a range of partners including national charities like AgeUK and NSPCC to award-winning local housing associations like Poplar HARCA in the East End of London, to national organisations like the National Housing Federation.


You’ll be take part in an ILM-recognised leadership development programme where you’ll also have access to an external mentor to help you make the most of the year. Once a month you’ll come together with your 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.


With your experience in role, your ILM-recognised development and support from our programme team, you’ll be well positioned to launch your career in the sector.  Many of our trainees stay on at their host organisations, many take their experience to secure their next permanent role in the sector and some even start their own charities.  



The Charityworks year will look different for every trainee. While the core elements of the programme will be the same for everyone, we aim to give you a lot of autonomy to direct your own learning, and as such your experience will be dictated by the way you use the various opportunities on offer to you.

Charityworks Trainees are placed into partner host organisations to perform real jobs, ranging from delivering front line services through to working on research and strategy. You will be placed into an organisation and role according to your skills, motivations, and the employer’s requirements. Each trainee is matched to an external mentor to help them make the most of the year and with support, are expected to deliver a brilliant job for the organisation, and the people who rely on that organisation.

Alongside your placement, you will take part in a leadership programme made up of self-directed learning and group work. This programme aims to give you an overview of some of the key issues affecting society and the non-profit sector. The programme is endorsed by the Institute of Leadership and Management and is intended to help you perform in your role, while also helping you develop skills, knowledge and networks you find useful through your life and career.

Each trainee completes independent research & enquiry project as part of the programme. Research provides trainees with an opportunity to spend some time researching and thinking about topics that affect them, their organisations, and the non-profit sector as a whole. This research helps to build your profile, and will have a tangible impact on the organisation in which you’re working, or the non-profit sector as a whole.



Charityworks has been a Times Top 100 Graduate Employer for four years running.
In 2021, Charityworks was voted the Graduate Employer of Choice for the Charity & Voluntary Sector.
In 2022, Charityworks was recognised as a UK300 Employer, ranking 57th.
Charityworks is Recognised by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)


“The session facilitators have been really friendly and approachable throughout the year, making the learning fun and engaging.  I especially enjoyed listening to all the speakers that were brought in to talk about their experiences – it has been inspiring and motivating.”

Charityworks trainee 2021-22



of trainees since 2009 have remained within the non-profit or public sector


of trainees value the relationships they are building as part of Charityworks


of trainees would recommend Charityworks to a host organisation




We have worked with over 450+ non-profit organisations in the last 15 years.  Here’s an example of some of our partners:



“My organisation is the most supportive, innovative, and challenging place I have ever worked in.  I feel supported to gain new skills, present new ideas, and have already been encouraged to strike further than my initial role.”

Charityworks trainee 2022-23




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