Applications invited for NCVO's government job shadowing scheme

Day In the Life gives voluntary sector staff the chance to spend a day in Whitehall, with government staff spending another day at the charity


Voluntary sector organisations have been invited to apply to take part in a work shadowing scheme to give civil servants and charity staff a better understanding of each other’s work.

The Day in the Life scheme, coordinated by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, will pair charity staff with employees from four government departments: the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, the Ministry of Justice and the Cabinet Office.

The charity staff and and their civil service counterparts will spend a day in September in the other's workplace, shadowing each other.

The scheme is open to all voluntary and community sector staff in England and is "particularly relevant to those looking to improve how they work with and influence civil servants", according to the NCVO.

After completing a short application form outlining their work and what they would like to gain from the scheme, charity staff will each be paired with a member of staff from one of the four government departments.

More than 400 people took part in the scheme last year.

Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the NCVO, said: "A Day in the Life is a fantastic opportunity for charity staff and civil servants to step into each other’s shoes, share ideas and build lasting partnerships. It also helps to develop an understanding of how civil society and government can support each other and work together more effectively."

Daryl Brown, team leader for civil society at Defra said: "More than 80 Defra staff took part in A Day in the Life in 2010 and their experiences were overwhelmingly positive. It was an excellent learning and development opportunity for the participants. The scheme makes a unique contribution to breaking down barriers and fostering better understanding between government and civil society.’

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