Barnardo's has launched a graduate recruitment programme to entice more young people into management in the voluntary sector and improve the success rate in hiring new staff.
The children's charity is one of the few employers in the charity world to offer such a programme, and hopes that the initiative will help to avert a predicted recruitment crisis in the sector.
Barnardo's received 300 applications and has now selected five graduates to take part in the two-year programme, starting in September. "We want to make sure that young people see the charity sector as a valid option," said Steve O'Connor, director of fundraising at Barnardo's.
"After all, high-calibre university leavers are a real asset. They bring new perspectives and a more contemporary understanding of the issues."
Voluntary sector think-tank nfpSynergy recently predicted that the sector will start to lose out as graduates seek better paid jobs.