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NCVO's 'A Day in the Life' Work Shadow Scheme 2012

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Tue, 08/05/2012

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations(NCVO) is again running its increasingly popular and free ‘A Day in the Life’ work shadowing scheme. It is a great opportunity, and one from which they would like as many people in the voluntary sector as possible to benefit.

The annual scheme pairs civil servants with employees from civil society organisations so each can spend a day ‘shadowing’ the other in their place of work to learn how the ‘other side’ operates. Its personal nature means participants can observe, ask questions and acquire information not easily obtained through more conventional methods of research or enquiry.

In 2011, five departments – the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Ministry of Justice and the Cabinet Office – took part with over 520 participants. The feedback was extremely positive:

• 95% of the respondents found the experience ‘worthwhile’ (78% ‘very worthwhile’).
• 80% of respondents said they would share their learning / experience with colleagues.
• 87% of respondents would recommend the scheme to colleagues.
• 80% of public sector respondents felt the scheme had increased their understanding of civil society.

Following this success, three more departments have joined those listed above for the forthcoming 2012 scheme - the Home Office, the Department for Education and the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

'A Day in the Life' is a valuable opportunity to highlight and share the importance of the day-to-day work the voluntary sector does ‘on the ground’. NCVO would be very grateful if sector organisations could promote the scheme by providing a link to the website http://www.ncvo-vol.org.uk/workshadow in any newsletters they distribute or via their website.

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact Paul Winyard at NCVO by email.