The Institute of Fundraising has launched a pilot scheme to train university students in fundraising that will allow them to get a free sector qualification alongside their regular degrees.
Send a Cow, the Children’s Society and Meningitis UK have signed up to be charity sponsors. They will provide a total of 22 students with support and advice about how they can be effective fundraisers.
The students will study for the institute’s Certificate in Fundraising alongside their chosen degrees and receive a year’s associate membership of the IoF.
The scheme is aimed at students who have already taken part in fundraising activities at university, such as rag weeks. The IoF said it was keen to expand the scheme and hear from other charities that want to be involved.
Paul Marvell, director of professional development and membership at the institute, said: "The student fundraisers of today are the potential professional fundraisers of the future. I think this is an excellent way to encourage students to seriously consider fundraising as a future career option and to gain a professional qualification at the same time."
The scheme is being supported by the National Union of Students.
Karl Gwilliam, events and community fundraising manager at Send a Cow, said: "Smaller charities like us have just as much to offer students and their rags as the larger charities, as we hope that this pilot shows.
"Ultimately, we want to identify and attract more fundraisers and volunteers, but importantly to provide students with potential career opportunities within fundraising."
Students interested in the scheme should apply directly to the charities involved. More information can be found on their websites.
The scheme will last one academic year. The deadline for applications is 11 October.