The Associate Programme transforms your career. It’s a way to learn on the job, doing real work in purpose-led organisations, while at the same time going through an intensive learning programme with a community of like-minded professionals.

Placements: you’ll work in two different organisations over the course of the year and get hands on experience. Here are some examples of the work you could be doing.

Training: experts in their field, from diverse sectors, share their knowledge and experience with you every Friday afternoon.

Mentors & Coaches: you meet a mentor fortnightly who guides and challenges you to add value in your placement. You meet an executive coach every quarter focused on your personal development.

The community: we bring together our growing community though engaging events and a close social network

Our placement hosts

You’ll work in two different placements for six months each on organisational priorities and be expected to quickly make a difference. Placement hosts are social enterprises, social divisions of for-profit companies or commercially-minded charities.

Application process

We recruit separately for our April and October programmes. The application process has two steps: first you submit an online application and if we think you might be a good fit for the programme we invite you to interview in-person.

Who we look for

Motivation and persistence: the ability to turn ideas into reality and seize opportunities, to challenge yourself and set goals, and knowing when to compromise or when to involve others

Interpersonal skills: persuading, bringing along and inspiring others, whilst also dealing effectively and sensitively with conflict

Attitudes and mindsets: retaining high expectations, an open mind and an eagerness to experience new things; being pragmatic, self-sufficient, and comfortable with changing situations. Ability to articulate your commitment to work in the social sector

Problem solving: structuring and breaking down complex problems into solvable elements, whilst not losing sight of the big picture; being comfortable with quantitative analysis and mental arithmetic