A scheme that allows charities to employ civil servants as secondees will be extended to cover more charities.
The Whitehall and Industry Group, which brokers secondments in businesses for civil servants, has announced that it will form a partnership with Charity Next, a project run by Prince Charles’ Charities Foundation that arranges for staff from the civil service fast-track scheme to spend between six and 12 months working for voluntary organisations.
Under the new scheme, about 15 civil servants will be matched with charities this year. They will continue to receive their civil service salaries, of which half will be paid by the charities and half by the government.
A spokeswoman for the Whitehall and Industry Group said it was encouraging charities to approach it with requests for secondees. She said the selection would be based on whether they were able to provide "outstanding development opportunities" for the secondees.
Speaking at an event to mark the launch of the partnership, Prince Charles said: "With the requirements of the big society, there is an enormous need for the charitable and voluntary sector to have enough capacity." He said the secondments would help to increase charities’ capacity to provide services.
Under the Charity Next scheme, set up in 2008, 20 staff from the civil service’s fast stream have worked at charities including the British Heart Foundation, Centrepoint, Barnardo’s, the Prince’s Trust and the Notting Hill Housing Trust.