Case Study

Effective Training for a career in charity

Charity Fast-Track has been training new recruits to the charity sector since 2015. It was formerly known as ‘Charity Apprentice’.

It is a hands-on course you can take from anywhere. ‘Fast-trackers’ develop their knowledge and skills through a combination of online learning, residential events and real life challenges that they can complete in their own local community.

Learn through:

  • A digital platform
  • Bootcamps and Meet-ups
  • Real world challenges
  • Seminars and lectures

Results from the end of year survey:

100% were in full time employment or full time education

90% of those in work were employed in the charity sector

100% agreed that the course had helped to equip them with the skills and experience they need to secure a charity job

Did Charity Apprentice meet your expectations?

“I think I was in a very different place when I started the course. I expected it to teach me the skills I would need to finally land that paid position, but, life is a funny old thing, and it turned out I had to kind of learn on the job anyway as I got the paid positions and big titles earlier than I thought I would! It was a shame how some of the tasks worked out as I often had to self-teach skills that were then focused on in detail during the course, but like a couple months later or something. I did really enjoy particular aspects of the course and the International Development month really went beyond expectations – the content gathered and links and further reading opportunities were really great. However, I did feel that there was often too much emphasis on fundraising. I felt that sometimes we were regarded as just people that could make lots of money for rather than people that could be sculpted into future charity sector workers.”

“I expected to learn about the charity sector, the ways to get involved and how it all worked from the inside. I feel that I was able to learn a ton about the charity sector, more than I had even anticipated whilst simultaneously gaining skills along the way. The course has far surpassed my initial expectations.”

“Absolutely! I expected(hoped!) to get more experience in fundraising and marketing to help me get a job in the sector, make more contacts to help me get my foot in the door, and just get more chances to do the fundraising/awareness raising I love!”

“Yes I have gained an insight into the charity sector and the different roles within it”

“Yes charity apprentice met my expectations, I learnt a huge amount about international development and had lots of experiences and opportunities (Kenya, Boot Camp, and Charity Concierge) as a result of taking part of the course.”

“Yes – I have learnt so much.”

“Yes it met my expectations of gaining excellent knowledge of key issues in the charity sector and experience I can talk about in interviews.”

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