New guidance from NCVO warns against charities inadvertently exploiting the precarious employment situation of young people by creating poor-quality ‘intern’ positions.
NCVO says that volunteer roles described as internships must provide genuine scope for skill development, and the guidance also recommends that such volunteers must be allowed flexibility to study or work around their volunteering.
NCVO news release, further background in the article ‘Making the case for volunteer internships’ http://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2015/03/04/making-the-case-for-volunteer-internships/ » Continue reading news item ... “Guidance on avoiding exploiting charity interns”
A further 400 internships within the third sector in Wales will be created over the coming year thanks to a new collaborative partnership between WCVA, Cardiff University and the University of South Wales.
See WCVA news item at http://www.wcva.org.uk/about-us/news/2014/12/explore-phase-2 or find out more about Explore Third Sector Internships at http://www.wcva.org.uk/explore.
Third Sector Internships Scotland helps students to find paid work experience in the sector, and is now seeking Expressions of Interest from potential employers for summer 2015.
Deadline 7th January, http://www.3rdsectorintern.com/employers/.
A new project from SCVO will see 400 interns taken on in Scottish third sector organisations with business growth ideas. The interns must be qualified to at least HND level, and will be on top of existing internship programmes.
The European funded grants programme is aimed at supporting growth across the third sector but in particular digital, creative and green industries.
More on applying etc. » Continue reading news item ... “Interns to support Scottish sector business growth”
The union Unite is renewing its campaign on “the exploitation of unpaid internships in the voluntary sector”, and has reported this to HM Revenue and Customs “as we believe it to be illegal”.
See recent Unite article, and their earlier news item (as covered back in November) has a link to the report ‘Interns in the Voluntary Sector’.
Charityworks, the paid, 12 month programme for graduates starting a career in the non-profit sector, is open for graduate applications across the UK to 16th April. They are also looking to recruit interested organisations. See http://www.charity-works.co.uk.
As this week’s newsletter was being put together, another graduate work placement scheme came our way: Worthwhile http://www.worthwhile.org.uk from Student Hubs. Placements last ten months, from August to June.