An opportunity for BAME students and BAME graduates

The Charityworks Taster Programme is designed to give talented BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) students and recent graduates a top-class experience of working in the non-profit sector alongside the tools needed to begin a professional career that can change the world!  For more information and to apply, please click on the tabs below.

What is it?
  • What is it?
  • Why does it exist?
  • Eligibility
  • FAQs
  • Apply now!

The Charityworks Taster programme is an opportunity to experience what a professional career in the non-profit sector could look like for you, as well as being a development opportunity that can lead to a fast-tracked application onto the Charityworks Graduate scheme.  The programme comprises two parts, and you’ll complete both as part of the programme: an experience component and professional development component.

As a Charityworks Taster Programme participant you will:

  • take part in either a two-day taster experience at one of our non-profit partners, job-shadowing to observe an area of the organisation and gaining an understanding of the variety of professional roles available in the sector or a one-week paid work experience placement where you’ll work on a real, live project supporting your organisations to create social impact.  This is the experience component of the programme and will take place during the Easter break.  You can find more information about this component below
  • You will also take part in two days of training facilitated by experts in people and career development in the sector.  This training will help you to grow your knowledge and understanding of the non-profit sector, strengthen your skills to build a career that creates social change and prepare you to kickstart your career on the Charityworks programme.  These training days will take place during the Easter break.

As well as access to a taster or work experience and professional development by an expert team, at the end of the Taster Programme successful participants will be invited to attend the final stage of the Charityworks Graduate Programme recruitment process.  Here you will be able to put your newly developed skills into practice through a “fast-tracked” recruitment process, giving you the opportunity to secure a place on the acclaimed Charityworks Graduate Programme, a full-time 12-month salaried role in the UK non-profit sector and acclaimed leadership development programme endorsed by the Institute of Leadership and Management.

  • Job Title: Charityworks Taster Trainee
  • Employer: One of our Charityworks Taster partner organisations
  • Location: The experience component will take place in leading non-profit organisations in London and the North West of England
  • Hours: Both the taster day(s) and placement week(s) will take place during the Easter Break period 31st March – 26th April.  They will occur between 9am – 5pm with some flexibility according to the requirements of the placement and your host organisation.
  • Taster experience day(s): Eligible for travel expenses
    Work experience week(s): Stipend equivalent to the Living Wage of £330 per week (£385 in London) assuming full-time.


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 graduates 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. 

To this end and to ensure the sector reflects the diverse communities that it serves, the Charityworks Taster Programme 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.  The programme is compliant with the Equality Act 2010 and is a form of positive action.

For more information on our approach to diversity, and the reasons for developing the Taster Programme, click here.

To apply for the Charityworks Taster Programme 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.



  • In your final year of university or a graduate (any year)
  • Have attained or are expecting to attain a 2:1 at degree level (or equivalent) OR a Master’s in any subject.



No specific experience is required but you must have an interest in or desire to learn more about working in the non-profit sector and/or be interested in seeking to obtain a placement on the Charityworks Graduate Programme starting in September 2019.



Candidates must be from a Black, Asian or Minority ethnic background (BAME) including mixed backgrounds. 


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



Candidates must display 8 core competencies which we believe are core to you succeeding on the programme:

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

Competencies on the Taster programme are reflected on the Graduate programme too.  More information about the competencies we look for are available on our website at  

If you are unsure about your eligibility, please contact

I want to be considered for the main Charityworks programme starting in September 2019. Do I need to apply to this separately?

No – by applying to the Charityworks Taster Programme you have the opportunity to automatically opt into the Charityworks programme recruitment process for 2019.  If you are successful on the Taster Programme you will automatically be selected to participate in a Charityworks assessment centre in May & June 2019.


I already have voluntary experience in the sector and know this is where I want a career – is this programme right for me?


Yes.  As well as supporting graduates to learn more about the sector, the Taster programme provides a unique opportunity to develop your skills, learn from experienced people development experts and potentially get hands on with interesting projects.  As a result, it is fantastic preparation for succeeding on Charityworks.


I’m interested, but I’m not sure I want to apply to Charityworks in 2019 – is this programme right for me?


Also, yes!   The Taster Programme will enable you to learn more about the sector, what kind of professional career you can have, and how this makes an impact on society.  As such, it’s a great way to explore if you want to get paid to change the world!





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