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Applying for Charity Apprentice

How do I apply for Charity Apprentice?

To apply for Charity Apprentice you need to fill in our online application form and submit an essay or video. When we confirm your place you will also have an informal online chat with a member of the team ahead of the course, to give you a chance to ask any questions and get prepared for the year ahead! Get started here.

When do I have to apply by?

We are currently reviewing applications every two weeks. Once the course is full, we will close applications. So make sure to apply soon!

What are the questions on the online form?

As well as your basic contact details, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

  • Why are you applying to be a Charity Apprentice?
  • What will you bring to Charity Apprentice? (What are you brilliant at? What sets you apart?)
  • If you had two weeks and a budget of £100, what would you do to make Child.org more brilliant? (Big and ambitious ideas welcome.)
  • Think back to your last workplace, school or year of university. What awesome thing would not have happened if you had not been there?
  • What do you do with a spare evening?

We also ask you for the contact details of two referees, who we may contact if we have questions or would like some more information about you.

What is the essay?

Your essay can be either around 800 words OR a video of around 4 minutes long.

Charity Apprentices will develop a deep understanding of the issues, challenges and controversies that charities deal with. We’d like you to show us that you’re interested in these ideas and issues by exploring a charity issue of your choice. You’re welcome to choose your own topic, or pick one of the questions below.

  • Should charities pay their staff?
  • When is overseas volunteering a bad idea?
  • If you worked at a charity, would you employ street fundraisers?
  • Should cancer charities use fighting or battle type terminology to refer to patients in treatment with cancer?
  • What is the most important question you would ask a charity before donating £10,000?

What are you looking for from my application?

We’re looking for passion over experience in the charity sector, so the application process is all about letting us know who you are. The best Charity Apprentices will be:

  • Self starters. Show us you have initiated something. We want people who make things happen.
  • Motivational. Do you rope people into crazy projects? Can you inspire others to get involved in things? Apprentices will be expected to recruit and manage teams of people and inspire them to support Child.org in amazing ways.
  • Critical thinkers. Charity Apprentice is all about asking questions, looking at both sides of an argument and making up your own mind. The best applicants will show a willingness to question how and why charities act in certain ways, and use evidence to form your own opinions.
  • Hard working. You get out of Charity Apprentice what you put in. We want charity apprentices who are willing to throw themselves into a challenge.

Who is eligible for the Student/Graduate discount?

You are eligible for the Student/Graduate rate if you are a current student or have graduated in or after January 2016.

What are the age requirements?

You have to be at least 18 at the time of applying (with no upper limit!). However, if you’re 17 and will be turning 18 during the course, we would happy to consider your application. Just get in touch with us first and let us know that you’re interested!

Other things to tell us about:

  • Specific interests. If you’re already interested in a specific area of charity, we would love to know about it. Whether you’re a creative marketeer, an international development geek or completely love organising events, your specialism is a strength.
  • Your concerns. If you have questions about Charity Apprentice and what’s involved, chat to us about it! We want to make sure you understand what will be involved, and you’ll be showing us you’re thinking seriously about the course. Give Ellie or Anjali a ring on 07751768207 if you’d like to have a chat before you apply!

Get started with your application.

The Course

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.

Fundraising and social enterprise

Do I have to fundraise as a Charity Apprentice?

As part of a course about the charity sector, we need to cover fundraising. You will be learning about a different types of fundraising and trying them out, raising money for Child.org. You will also be learning about how social enterprise can bring in revenue for charities and trying that out. We are passionate about building a sustainable future for the charity sector, and that’s why we’d like to invest in you. As Charity Apprentices, you’ll form a collective fundraising effort for through your fundraising challenges – this aspect, and Sofronie’s support, is what enables us to invest in you.

With each type of fundraising we’ll walk you through how best to do it and give you tips and guidance.

Is there a target for how much I have to raise?

Yes, it’s £1,500. This might sound like a large number, but you will raise money if you complete the tasks – and you have a whole year! We expect you to be earnest in your efforts to complete all the tasks, including the fundraising elements. With the guidance we’ll provide we hope to make it as straightforward as possible, but you will still need to use your ingenuity to raise as much as possible.

Can I put money I raise towards my course fees?

No. All the money which is donated by others must go to Child.org.

Overseas work placements

Will I get to work abroad?

There will be lots of exciting opportunities for Charity Apprentices to apply for overseas work placements with Child.org. These will be posted in the platform for you to apply for at different points throughout the year.

How much will it cost?

If you are successful in applying for a work placement, you will need to be able to pay your own travel costs and accommodation. The Child.org team will be there to support and advise you and help you find a place to stay.