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New apprenticeships launched for third sector employers

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Mon, 24/10/2011

Three new apprenticeships are now available to support third sector employers in successfully recruiting, training and retaining staff in roles which are key within the sector: campaigning, fundraising and volunteer management.

Whilst the third sector currently lags behind other sectors in providing apprenticeships, employers have reported that they produce a highly skilled, motivated and productive workforce, which in turn can make an organisation more sustainable, and improve its chances of successful income generation activities.  Apprentices are generally highly motivated as they have made a considered decision to join an organisation, demonstrating commitment and enthusiasm for the role.

The three new apprenticeships will provide apprentices with recognised professional qualifications in their chosen fields. They have been launched – following extensive consultation with key third sector organisations and employers – by Skills - Third Sector, the registered charity working to make it easier for people who work and volunteer in charities and social enterprises to have the right skills to make a difference to people and their communities.

“These three new apprenticeships offer employers a strong basis on which to recruit and develop talented individuals who will strengthen the work of their organisations for now and tomorrow,” says Keith Mogford, interim chief executive of Skills – Third Sector. “They offer charities and social enterprises a way of future-proofing their workforces, ensuring they have up to date skills and diversifying their teams.”

As well as benefitting third sector employers, the new apprenticeships offer further benefits to those undertaking them, including an initial route into the sector, and skills that are transferable within the sector.

More information about these new apprenticeships can be found on the Skills – Third Sector website.