The need for exceptional and diverse talent in the non-profit sector is greater than ever..

Aug 25, 2020

Now more than ever, at a time when so many parts of the UK non-profit sector are focussed on developing recovery and renewal capacity at an unprecedented scale and pace, the need for exceptional talent is as important as ever.

For the past 12 years Charityworks, of which Ian Joseph (MD Russam) has been advising and supporting as a mentor, has been providing non-profits of all sizes with a way to find great, affordable, graduate talent. Whilst recent events have provided a real challenge for the sector, Charityworks remain deeply committed to placing brilliant and diverse people into organisations and teams that require them most in the year ahead.

Whilst for some recruitment will look very different this year, including a focus on retaining talent versus bringing in new people, Charityworks is really pleased that right now they have an exceptional pool of talent that is ready and waiting to fill real roles across the sector. After a recruitment and selection process that brought 5,000 applicants through a rigorous, virtual assessment process Charityworks currently have around 250 of the UK’s most committed, diverse and talented graduates ready to fill real vacancies across a variety of roles in the sector and a few weeks ago, they started matching graduates into roles provided by a range of non-profit organisations.

As part of this they are incredibly proud that this year is their most diverse offer yet. For the 2020/21 year, 30% of the graduate pool is made up of the next generation of BAME leaders, up from 7% in 2018 and vastly outperforming the profile of the sector. This is a result of work in recent years to build the diversity of the programme and presents a long-overdue opportunity for them to collectively power up and accelerate the development of BAME leadership within the sector.

Charityworks is also looking at how the programme can be as flexible as possible to help in a range of different contexts and scenarios this year, and are already speaking to people across the sector about the possibility of placement sharing between organisations, more flexible role descriptions and offering shorter-term remote project-based support from their graduate pool.

Most of all, Charityworks remains an affordable way to recruit – at a fraction of the cost of other routes. Whether that’s a cost saving on a single role, diversifying your team or developing an organisation-wide talent pipeline, the programme remains an incredibly effective way at securing brilliant graduate talent.

For more information about becoming one of Charityworks partner organisations and finding out more about how you can benefit from the hugely positive impact a Charityworks trainee can offer, you can read more in their 2020/21 brochure, or speak to a member of the team by emailing craig@charity-works.co.uk.


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