Charity Fast-Track is an asset to my CV. It was a great conversation starter at my interview for my current job and it was valuable experience for my masters application. I have gained practical experience and theoretical knowledge which I can use to flourish my career.
Included are 10 months’ worth of tasks compiled by experts from across the sector, tackling a current topic each month.
You name it, we’ve got it on the course. We also put you in the driving seat to run your own fundraising events and marketing challenges so you fill your CV with relevant, practical experience.
You’ll learn about…
January: an overview of the sector
Get introduced to some key definitions and concepts relating to the sector including the most important - social impact! During this month you’ll also be supported in getting to grips with the Charity Fast-Track platform and meet the people behind the course.
Example lesson: How to smash Charity Fast-TrackDo it: Create your own introductory video and meet your fellow Charity Fast-Trackers
Gain an understanding of charity events, covering the different kind that exist and assess how to monitor their impact. You’ll also address the arguments for and against celebrity endorsement in the charity sector.
Example lesson: The Event Project Cycle: a step-by-step guide in running an event
Do it: Run a high-quality ticketed event and gain experience in budgeting, marketing and assessing risk.
"Thank you so much for making us do this task! I’ve learnt so much about myself and can’t even describe how happy I am to have completed it. It helps to have made a healthy profit for such a good cause. I might even do it again in the near future, so watch this space!"
March: Brand & Communications
A core part of any charity, spanning branding, press and media, digital and marketing. You’ll take a look at these areas, and look at some successful charity brand campaigns.
Example lesson: Press and the media: getting on the front page
Do it: Design a social media campaign and write a press release
"The marketing sector is ever-changing, with new trends and challenges being brought in, and it was really interesting to learn more about them."
April: Activism and campaigning
This module is all about how charities create change in society. You’ll look at the different campaigning strategies and tactics used by charities and assess what makes a successful campaign.
Example lesson: Mobilisation, movement-building and organising: building support for your causeDo it: Design a campaign strategy
May: Lobbying and Policy
You’ll gain an understanding of how policy is created and how decision makers can be influenced, hearing from interviews of policy experts working within the charity sector. We’ll also take a look at think tanks and their role in creating positive change.
Example lesson: How do charities influence policy?Do it: Write a letter to your MP and write your mid-year report
You’ll take a look at all different types of fundraising - from community fundraising, to legacies, to trusts. Debate on the issue of charity overheads, and examine UK fundraising regulations. You’ll also gain training in volunteer recruitment and management.
Example lesson: Introducing fundraising regulation
Do it: Run your own fundraising challenge and recruit a team of volunteers
"I wasn’t looking forward to the fundraising challenge on the course, but it’s actually been really enjoyable, and the most useful thing I’ve done on the course (I’ve also spoken about it at lots of interviews!). I was really surprised by my own ability to pull it off and motivate a group, the enthusiasm of my team, and how much we raised, which was much more than I thought possible. I think I’ve gained a lot of confidence in my ability to manage volunteers and lead a group."
July: Social Enterprise
With social enterprise gaining prominence in the sector, we’ll cover the pros of social enterprises and the challenges they face. You’ll analyse the debates surrounding social enterprise, including whether they address the root cause.
Example lesson: Social impact values: pitching for funding
Do it: Create a Business Model Canvas for your very own social enterprise idea
"Charity Apprentice helped me to realise that social enterprises are the way forward! Before the course I had vague ideas about what I wanted to do and what I wanted to achieve but the course enabled me to focus these ideas and inspired me to further research social enterprises and come up with a direction I am very excited about going in!"
August: International Development and Aid
We’ll look at the difference between development and aid and tackle the debates surrounding the topics. We’ll also address the role of the United Nations, and how charities are fairing on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Example lesson: Why do some development programmes fail?
Do it: A Prioritisation Challenge - what’s it like working in programming?
"Learning about the ripple effect of global issues, and what charities do to tackle these was useful - as well as having my perceptions seriously challenged around the aid debate and voluntourism."
September: Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy
With commercial partnerships being hugely important to charitable work, we’ll look at businesses and their responsibility to make a positive impact in society.
We’ll define what corporate social responsibility is, and the arguments for and against the concept.
Example lesson: Getting to grips with philanthropyDo it: Design a corporate social responsibility partnership
October: Careers and next steps
You’ll find out more about the kinds of jobs available in the sector and receive tips on writing your CV and cover letter, as well as how to talk about your Charity Fast-Track experience in your applications.
Example lesson: The job-hunting process: a step-by-step guide
Do it: Write your CV and set up your LinkedIn profile