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International children’s charity has come up with a rather inventive way of inviting applications for its apprentice programme: YouTube videos.

Giving young people an opportunity in the third sector specialises in creating innovative social enterprise products that help children in poverty, particularly in Africa. Its ground-breaking charity apprenticeship programme is now in its second year.

The part-time, apprenticeship course, which takes place over twelve months, has already filled half of its 50 places available. It takes place online with the option of a four-week work placement with the charity’s partners in Kenya or Uganda.

The course will encourage apprentices to develop their own fundraising campaigns, learn about marketing, run their own social enterprise and will gain the chance to pitch their own fundraising idea.


‘Leaders of the future’ is also offering two scholarships on the apprenticeship programme. Places on the course have been subsidised by grant-making foundation Sofronie, which has also covered the costs of the two scholarship places.

Each scholarship is worth £1250 and covers all course fees, including the cost of the four week placement in Kenya or Uganda. Those awarded a scholarship need only contribute the cost of their flights, insurance and vaccinations.

‘Charity Apprentice is all about training the world-changing charity leaders of the future,’ said Ellie Dawes, manager of the Charity Apprentice course.

‘I’m thrilled that, thanks to support from Sofronie, we are able to offer two applicants the chance to take on Charity Apprentice who might otherwise have found the price a barrier.’

Last year, applicants submitted video applications to on YouTube. Check out 21 year-old Evie Dickinson’s video application.


To learn more about the apprenticeship programme, click here.

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