Professional Development News
Charity Insight Staff Writer
Published 24 February 2011

Charities looking to develop their staff or recruit graduates are invited to

participate in Charityworks, a professional development programme run by a group of third sector organisations.

The programme offers a unique management training programme which aims to give participants the skillset, depth of knowledge and experience of charities that will enable them to become future third sector leaders.

Trainees may be individuals already working within a charity who have been identified as a 'potential high flyer' or graduates looking to enter the sector for the first time.

'High flyers' will continue their day job while taking part in the programme for two days per month in a way that will "broaden their horizons" by exposing them to their peers in commercial, public and third sector organisations. Graduates will be placed on a rotation scheme that will give them six months experience within a number of different charities.

Charityworks is accredited as an endorsed programme by the Institute of Leadership and Management. In addition to providing a cost-effective recruitment solution, the aim is to provide charities with a way of retaining and growing talent and building third sector capacity through collaboration.

"Charities benefit by retaining high calibre staff, nurturing their managers and attracting new talent. We are confident the offer to participants is appealing; so many graduates are seeking a way into the charity sector, and those already in the sector are looking for ways to develop their career," said Rachel Whale, the programme manager.

The 2011 application process is open for submissions. The closing date is 31 May 2011. Charities already involved include Cancer Research UK, The Children's Society, Terrance Higgins Trust and St Mungos. Organisations interested in joining the scheme should visit the website for details.


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