Olivia Taylor

Working in the Charity Sector

The Charity Sector (aka third sector, voluntary sector, community sector, civic sector or not-for-profit sector) may seem pretty self-explanatory in that you will be working for a “charity”. However, it’s not as simple as that – the charity sector encompasses a huge variety of roles and businesses. For example, you can work for HR, volunteer management, fundraising, policy development, grants officers.  (This Bright Network Article covers the variety of roles quite well:  Here )

Support for people from diverse backgrounds to enter into the charity sector:


Kickstart offers an opportunity of a 6 month work placement (25 hours a week), accessible to young people aged 16-24 who are in receipt of Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. 

Fast Track: 

The Charityworks Fast Track is designed to give talented BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) applicants a top-class development experience to prepare them to launch a career in the non-profit sector alongside a fast-track to the Charityworks Programme.

Diversity Internship:

Ten-week internship to bring a new range of perspectives and skills to our Smart Works.  

Charity Sector Spring Board:

An intensive programme of career support for undergraduates from less privileged backgrounds. 

The Young Trustees Movement:

Aiming to increase the number of Young Trustees in the charity sector.