Unique graduate scheme launched

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The British Heart Foundation and Macmillan Cancer Support have come together in partnership to deliver a two-year graduate development programme across both charities. Recruitment for the joint graduate scheme will be open as of today.

The unique graduate programme is a first of its kind in the sector, bringing together two of the UK’s leading charities to deliver one graduate development programme. The co-developed two year programme offers new graduates the opportunity to work for both charities over two 12 month placements to double their experience and exposure in the sector.

There are four graduate places open. The successful candidates will get involved in a variety of hands-on projects and enjoy real responsibility working in a variety of teams including Policy, Public Affairs, Fundraising, and Marketing.

Graduates will be assigned a range of short and long term projects, taking ownership on some and supporting on others. Much of what both charities do is insight-led so there will be a focus on research and analysis. Throughout the scheme the graduates will be fully supported, with a clear development programme.

Kathy Osborne, Macmillan’s Executive Director of People, and Kerry Smith, Director of People and Organisational Development at British Heart Foundation, are enthusiastic about this initiative.

“We see this as a fantastic opportunity for us as leading charities to grow and nurture talent and to bring in our charity leaders of the future”.

“Increasingly the public expectation of this sector is that we collaborate more and make the best use of the resources we have. By joining forces, both Macmillan and British Heart Foundation are aiming to provide a ground breaking scheme to attract the best talent and develop them in-house.

“Not only will this help us build a great pool of talented graduates but uniquely it will give those taking part in the scheme experience of working in more than one charity in a range of roles – helping prepare them for their future career within this sector.”