NCVO's over-50s intern scheme generates 'a lot of interest'

The charity pilot scheme aims to offer a 'stepping-stone' into the voluntary sector

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The National Council for Voluntary Organisation's pilot scheme to offer over-50s a route into charity sector employment has generated "a lot of interest", the membership body has said.

The organisation is supporting and hosting Charity Interns, which has been set up to explore new opportunities for people aged over 50 who have not previously worked in the sector.

The NCVO said it was looking for “six marketers with a genuine desire to switch to the voluntary sector” for the paid internships, which will begin in October.

Applications for the project opened at the end of June and will close on 27 July.

“Many people in mid-life take stock of what they want from their work and resolve to switch to the voluntary sector,” reads the application page on the NCVO’s website.

“But, lacking charity experience, some find it an almost impossible task, made worse by an ageist job market.”

The pilot scheme aims to offer a “stepping-stone” into the voluntary sector, said the NCVO. 

The organisation said it would “gather learnings from the pilot before launching the full programme in late 2024”.

The web page states that NCVO, which represents voluntary organisations in the UK, is “actively seeking” applicants from “candidates who feel disadvantaged in the job market because of age”, alongside disabled applicants and those from the global majority. 

Interns will be paid £21,749 per annum pro rata in London and £19,838 per annum pro rata in the rest of the UK.

Successful applications will be placed with one of four charities for their internship. 

Laura Crandley, chief operating officer at the NCVO, told Third Sector that the organisation had received “a lot of interest from potential candidates” since its launch event last month.

The six successful candidates will be placed with one of four charities for their internship – Alzheimer's Society, Age UK and IAM RoadSmart, with the NCVO hoping to “finalise a fourth shortly”, added Crandley. 

“The pilot will be a great test of the appetite for this project and to see how a different demographic can support the sector,” she continued.

Prospective applicants can download an application form on the NCVO’s website.

- The article was updated on 12 July to remove a reference to the NCVO amending the scheme because of age discrimination fears

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