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Charityworks Leadership Development Trainee

Job Description

Charityworks is the talent and leadership programme for the UK non-profit sector and a Times Top 100 Employer, open to anyone interested in a career that creates social impact.

On Charityworks, you will deliver a full-time paid job in a partner charity or housing association and take part in an acclaimed leadership programme designed to accelerate your development, grow your networks and equip you with the skills needed to kickstart your career in the sector.

In your job, you might be providing vital business support at a national charity like NSPCC, leading on infrastructure projects with a housing association, driving business development with a mental health charity like Mind, or serving a community in a local project. Wherever you’re placed, you’ll have a chance to make a real difference through your work.

Alongside your role, you will take part in an ILM-endorsed leadership development programme. You’ll be supported by our programme team and an external mentor to help you make the most of the year. You’ll come together regularly with your fellow trainees and leaders across the sector to explore key issues affecting your work and society as a whole. You’ll also produce your own enquiry and research project, helping to raise your profile and develop your understanding of your environment.

At the end of the 12-month programme you’ll have the experience and skills to kick-start your professional career in the UK social sector and beyond. Charityworks alumni are highly desired, with 98% securing employment within 3 months if they were looking for it. Typically, over 66% of graduates stay in their host organisations at the end of the year, and 96% of graduates since 2009 have remained within the non-profit or public sector – some have even gone on to start their own organisations.

Whatever you do in the long-term, Charityworks is a great way to launch your career and get paid to change the world.


Charityworks applications open until 24th February 2021.

How to apply

To apply visit the Charityworks website.

Job description

  • Job Title: Charityworks Leadership Development Trainee
  • Employer: One of our Charityworks partner organisations
  • Location: Placements will take place in leading non-profit organisations across a number of locations across the UK.
  • Hours: Usually 9am - 5pm with some flexibility according to the requirements of the placement and your host organisation.
  • Contract: Fixed term, 12 months commencing between August-December 2021
  • Salary: £18,800 (UK-wide) / £21,600 (London)

Person Specification

To apply for Charityworks 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.


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.


You must have at least one piece of experience which allows you to demonstrate your commitment to social change (this can be paid or unpaid, at home or abroad, and can include caring responsibilities).


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


Due to the fact that we partner with a range of organisations and place Graduate Trainees into a vast number of varied roles, it is not possible to provide a detailed job description that applies to all positions at this stage. That said, there are 8 core competencies which we believe are core to you succeeding on the programme. Through our selection process you will be assessed against the following criteria:

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