The Charityworks Fast Track is designed to give talented BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) applicants a top-class development experience to prepare them to launch a career in the non-profit sector alongside a fast-track to the Charityworks Programme. Applications for the 2021 Fast Track are now closed, but you can still apply via the main programme route which is open until 24th February 2021! For more information about the Fast Track please click on the tabs below.


 

What is it?
  • What is it?
  • Why does it exist?
  • Eligibility
  • FAQs

The Charityworks Fast Track is an opportunity to gain professional development experience in preparation to launch a professional career in the non-profit sector as well as fast-track access to the Charityworks Programme.  Here’s what you gain by taking part.


  • You gain access to professional development experience, aimed at developing your leadership skills in preparation to launch a career in the non-profit sector.
  • You gain fast-track access to the Charityworks Programme in 2021, by skipping straight to our final assessment activities.
  • You’ll also gain support in facilitating a work-shadowing opportunity to gain exposure and experience of opportunities in the non-profit sector

After applying to the Fast Track, with our short 2-question application form, successful applicants will be invited to take part in a professional development experience as an offer 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.  They will likely 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, and candidates successful through these activities will then join the Charityworks Programme in 2021.

 

 

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 2 years, that figure is more than 30% 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. 

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 Fast Track, click here.

To apply for the Charityworks Fast Track 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 info@charity-works.co.uk or call 020 3620 5252.


Qualification:

Owing to the diversity of opportunities available through Charityworks, we now welcome both graduates (any classification) and non-graduates to apply. This means you don’t require a specific qualification in order to apply to Charityworks.  

Experience:

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 be interested in seeking to obtain a placement on the Charityworks Graduate Programme starting from autumn 2021.

Background

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

The Charityworks Fast Track exists to encourage, support and develop more top-class talent from a Black Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) background to enter the sector and gain access to acclaimed leadership development opportunities through Charityworks. We appreciate that the term BAME can encompass many different ethnicities but usually covers those individuals that define into the following groups:

Mixed / Multiple ethnic groups

White and Black Caribbean
White and Black African
White and Asian
Any other Mixed / Multiple ethnic background

Asian / Asian British
Indian
Pakistani
Bangladeshi
Chinese
Any other Asian background

Black / African / Caribbean / Black British

African
Caribbean
Any other Black / African / Caribbean background

The Charityworks Fast Track exists because our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring indicated that the programme itself currently marginally under-represents minority ethnic groups. This could be due to a number of factors, including cultural, societal, academic and bias-related. When self-identifying your ethnicity, if you are unsure if you are eligible, do think about the aims of the programme which exists as a form of positive action to support those who are under-represented and if this could apply to you.


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

 

Competencies:

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 Fast-Track are reflected on the Charityworks Programme too.  More information about the competencies we look for are available on our website at www.charity-works.co.uk/apply

If you are unsure about your eligibility, please contact info@charity-works.co.uk

I want to be considered for the main Charityworks Programme starting in September 2021. Do I need to apply to this separately?

There’s no need to – no.   The application process for the Fast-Track is a shorter and more direct route to the Charityworks Programme. If you are successfully invited onto the Fast-Track you will automatically be taken to the final stage assessment activities for the graduate programme during the development experience in the summer.

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