Scots profit from fundraising trainee scheme

Scottish charities are signing up to a new internship scheme that trains people who are trying to get a foot on the fundraising ladder.

Charity Career Start is a voluntary internship devised by fundraising recruitment consultancy Bruce Tait Associates. Interns work at a charity for 10 weeks, shadowing staff and helping to complete projects. They also receive two days of training with the Institute of Fundraising and the Fundraising Standards Board.

Charities that sign up get the chance to recruit interns who have gained practical knowledge of charity fundraising by the end of the 10-week initiative.

There are currently six people on placements.

"Scottish charities can't afford to take on and train people," said David Craig, director of Bruce Tait Associates. "So many people out there are desperate to get into the sector, but lack of experience stops them."

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