How much time will the course take?
Charity Apprentice is a year-long course, starting from January 2017. It will require a commitment of 1-2 evenings a week, though the workload for each module will differ slightly. Each task has been designed in bite size chunks to make it easy to fit in whenever suits you.
It’s really up to you how much you put in to Charity Apprentice. You will get much more out of it if you commit wholeheartedly to it – it’ll be more fun, you’ll get better experience and you’ll learn more.
How much will the program cost?
Charity Apprentice costs Child.org around £1100 per participant to run. This year, thanks to a grant from the Sofronie Foundation, we are able to offer the programme for free to current students and those who graduated after January 2016. For everyone else, we charge just a small £30 admin fee. This is a fantastic opportunity and will be available for 2017 only.
You will also have the option of booking the exclusive Hack Day and Boot Camp events at £40 and £60 respectively once you have accepted your place on the course. We recommend signing up to both to get the most out of Charity Apprentice.
Who can sign up?
Anyone who is over 18. The course is for a whole range of people. Those who want to work in the charity sector – whether graduates or looking for a career change. Those who are interested in learning about charity. Those who want to fill their spare time with something useful, interesting and fun. Those who want to find a really positive, effective way to help children in developing countries.
We are not looking for lots of experience in your application, but we are looking for passion, enthusiasm and a proven ability to make things happen.
Do I have to be from/in the UK to take part?
No. We are really keen to have international apprentices! The majority of the learning part of the course is online, and you should be able to do most of the practical tasks in whichever country you are based in. There may be some small changes required to the course, but we will help you through those. Just get in touch.
I have exams/a holiday/something for part of the year. Can I still do the course?
Yes, the modules can mostly be done in your own time – so if you’d prefer to work really hard on it for say January and February and then do nothing in March, that should work. Some tasks are time dependent, but mostly it should be fine.
What if I start the course but then find myself unable to complete it?
Unfortunately we will not be able to refund any costs which you have already invested into the course. If you find yourself unhappy with the course we strongly encourage you to talk to us about any issues you may be having before deciding to drop out.
What certification will I receive?
At the end of the course you shall receive a Charity Apprentice certificate, graduating with either a pass or a distinction. However, the experience and skills you’ll have learnt and put in to practice will be the most valuable thing you’ll walk away with. Charity Apprentice is designed to build practical experience and skills, it is not currently accredited.
What does each month involve and what will I learn?
The course is subdivided into monthly units that address the main areas involved in the charity sector. Each month is focused on a theme and will provide all apprentices with a balanced mix of learning and practical tasks. So there will be videos to watch, articles to read and views to comment on. There will also be challenges set that will involve you independently getting out in to the world and doing stuff. Whether that’s fundraising, running a social enterprise, or writing press releases, it’ll require you to be proactive and independent. The best way to see what the modules will involve is to visit our Course page.
What will I gain from Charity Apprentice?
Firstly, you will have a great time. The learning will stimulate your brain. The challenges will push you to be proactive and independent and make stuff happen. And you’ll pick up skills and experience that will benefit you whatever you go on to do.