Kathryn and Olivia – two of our first Gradunique grads

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Kathryn and Olivia are now in the thick of their work in different areas

This year, Macmillan partnered up with the British Heart Foundation to deliver a unique graduate scheme. The two year development programme is the first of its kind, and gives graduates the opportunity to kick-start their careers in the third sector and gain a year’s experience in each charity, in a variety of teams and departments.

From 540 applications, we recruited four graduates. While two graduates have now started the programme at BHF, in September we welcomed Kathryn Harrop and Olivia Verghese to Macmillan.

What they’re up to?

The graduates have had their inductions and training, attended workshops and personal development sessions, and have been allocated a personal mentor – and are now in the thick of their work in different areas.

Liv is based in Policy and Impact and working on a number of influencing initiatives including the ‘Living with and Beyond’ project and preparing parliamentary briefings. Kat is working in the Challenge Events team and is supporting events like the London Marathon, Great Water Swim and Open Challenges.

Both Liv and Kat have got stuck in and are making a huge impact in their teams already. Their managers are impressed with what they’ve been doing and Director of People, Kathy Taylor, is equally enthused about the recruits and the scheme.

“By joining forces with the British Heart Foundation we’re collaborating and making the most of our combined resources, while attracting the best talent and training them in-house. The development programme builds on their skill sets and gives them the chance to discover what they’re most passionate about. The graduates are eager to learn and care about the cause, and are already making a positive contribution in the areas they are working in.”

What’s next?

Recruitment Manager Andrew Hyland is already starting to look at the recruitment process for next year.

“This year has been a fantastic start to the graduate partnership with BHF and we have learnt a great deal. And it seems BHF share our enthusiasm for further developing the scheme. So, all our focus is now looking at what areas across the partnership might lend themselves well to the next graduate programme.”