Gain experience through a 12 month placement on the trustee board of a local charity.
Applications currently open, reviewed on a rolling basis.
Partner charities across Oxford and surrounding areas.
With the average age of trustees in England at 57 years, we are excited to help inspire and train the next generation of active trustees in the voluntary sector.
Our Young Trustees Programme connects individuals with local charities looking to welcome a young person onto their board. The aim is to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to become a visiting trustee and help lead a charity to tackle social and environmental issues.
What does the programme involve?
We will match you with a charity board aligned with your interests and provide a 12 month training and support programme to ensure that you develop good governance skills and can confidently contribute your unique perspective to charity boards.
Training is based on a flipped learning model, combining a workbook and online training with in-person sessions where participants can dig deeper into the topics they have learned about and conduct a live case study with an experienced local trustee. This preparation, alongside their attendance at board meetings, gives individuals a great balance of formal learning and practical experience. As part of the programme, young trustees will also complete a governance project on behalf of their board, to put this learning into practice. Past projects have included completing a skills audit ahead of recruitment of new trustees, revisiting the structure of the board to make it more effective, or designing induction processes to support new trustees.
Throughout the programme, participants will also be working closely with a board level mentor from their partner charity - another trustee who is committed to supporting your learning. Staff at Oxford Hub will also be on hand to offer advice and support whenever you feel that you may need some.
Why be a trustee?
1) Develop your skills Participating in the programme will help you to develop a wide range of important skills. Strategy, finance, good governance, risk management, and board development will be hugely relevant not just for your work as a trustee but also elsewhere in your career. The programme will also give you opportunities for networking and learning from other professionals in Oxford.
2) Share your perspective Trustee boards benefit from a having a variety of perspectives in decision making and strategic planning. As an early career professional you can contribute your fresh ideas and valuable insights, helping the charity to maximise its social impact.
3) Give back locally Take the opportunity to learn more about the social and environmental issues that exist on your doorstep, and help us actively tackle these in order to make Oxford a better city for everyone.
Who can participate?
Early career professionals as a guideline the programme is aimed at those aged 35 and under, who are in the early stages of their professional career.
University students as training and board meetings will take place throughout the calendar year we encourage applications from individuals who have a permanent residence in Oxford, and advise that it may be less suitable to undergraduates. Get in touch if you have questions about the programme.
If you are a local charity that would like more information about hosting a young trustee(s), you can view this information pack and get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
We will be launching our fourth cohort of young trustees in January 2019. Applications are now open. You can find all the details and apply to get involved here. If you have any questions get in touch: email@example.com
We are an inclusive organisation and can make reasonable adjustments to application processes, interviews, training sessions and other activities on a case-by-case basis. We also provide ongoing support for the individuals we work with, so if you have particular accessibility needs, please do get in touch.