There are very few graduate schemes offered by charities. Most want you to volunteer or they want more experienced professionals. If you are keen on breaking into this sector, it maybe better to gain experience elsewhere and then come back to it, when you have more to offer.
- Cancer Research: They offer graduates a choice of four different streams: Corporate, Fund Raising & marketing, Scientific Services and communications. Each of the graduate streams will give you exposure to four different teams and you'll spend six months in each. This two-year cycle will give you an in-depth knowledge of the organisation, which is a FTSE 350 company with an income of £400m a year. Their work has contributed to over half of the top cancer drugs used worldwide today, and they’ve been at the heart of the progress that has seen cancer survival rates double in the last 40 years.
- City Year UKIs a youth social action charity which challenges 18 to 25-year-olds to tackle educational inequality through a year of full-time voluntary service. As mentors, tutors and role models in schools, they support pupils growing up in some of the most deprived areas of the UK. Working in a team of seven to ten teammates you will work in a single school between Monday to Thursday doing a range of hands-on tutoring and mentoring activities and supporting the teaching staff by monitoring children’s attendance, behaviour and curriculum performance. In addition - there will also be opportunities for you to run after-school clubs and social action projects, helping to bring the school and the community together as a whole. Fridays will be dedicated to your own development where you will benefit from structured training, delivered by experts across the education, business and voluntary sectors. By the end of your City Year, not only will you have gained invaluable experience of working with children in schools, you will have developed the skills of active citizenship and social entrepreneurship. The City Year experience is a chance for you to realise your aspirations, grow as a leader and make a positive impact on children’s lives.
- Raleigh International: Just finished your exams? Are you wondering what to do next? Having last minute thoughts about university or work? Have you thought about international volunteering? International Citizen Service (ICS) is a is a once-in-a-lifetime volunteering opportunity open to all 15-25 year olds in which you will gain the skills and experience that are valued by employers while making a difference. It is a UK government funded development programme that brings together young people to make a difference in some of the poorest communities in the world. They are working with other respected development organisations to deliver the programme. You don’t need cash, skills or qualifications to apply - just the ambition to make a difference.
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