Applications invited for John Lewis Partnership placement scheme

Scheme allows staff from John Lewis and Waitrose to work in charities for six months

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Charities that want to host employees from the John Lewis Partnership on fully-funded six-month placements should apply by either April or October, the organisation has announced.

The partnership's Golden Jubilee Trust programme enables John Lewis and Waitrose employees, known as partners, to spend six months working in charities.

The programme, funded by the partnership, is in its eleventh year. Charities that have been selected before include the National Trust and the RSPCA.

A spokeswoman for the trust said the trustees would decide how many secondments would be awarded this year at their next review in April, depending on available funds. The programme usually consists of 22 placements every six months, but the partnership funded an extra 10 places last year to mark its 10th anniversary.

Employees taking part in the scheme will choose which charities they will work for from the list of applicants.

Chris Jones, manager of the Golden Jubilee Trust, said it wanted to extend the reach of the programme this year. "I would encourage charities of all sizes to approach us if they want to find out more," she said.

"Taking part in such a significant secondment not only provides the charity with someone who can be with them for a length of time, which means they can really add value, but also that our own partners return to John Lewis with skills which enhance the business, as well as their own career development."

There are two deadlines for applications: April and October. To find out more, visit the John Lewis Partnership site.

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