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Drive to Promote Careers in Caring and the Voluntary Sector

The Voluntary Sector Workforce Hub (VSWH) is to produce a handbook for the benefit of school, college and university leavers.

The handbook will give valuable advice for those wishing to learn about the opportunities available within the charity and voluntary sector and will be available free of charge in every education establishment in the UK.

The VSWH is keen to get people working in the sector involved in promoting the voluntary services and is asking for help in producing the guide. It is hoped that the guide will see workers and volunteers giving students an insight into working in the sector by filling out questionnaires that will be included in the final guide.

The guide should prove to be an insight into the opportunities and benefits of working in the voluntary and charity sectors, as it will be using a cross section of profiles from across the whole workforce. The VSWH are asking for profiles from all areas within the sector, from campaigners and care workers to receptionists and advice-line assistants.

How the Sector Works

The profiles will also show how people working in the sector achieved the positions they are now in. This should prove an invaluable source of information and will hopefully give students new areas of opportunity to consider for careers. The voluntary, not-for-profit and charitable sectors are often overlooked by young people starting out in their working life, mainly due to the lack of advertising and a perception of a low or no-pay culture. However, this guide will show that these career choices can be rewarding and life changing avenues for many employees.

The guide will feature a great deal of information, both on individuals working in the sector and excellent advice, contacts and careers. The personnel profiles will include ID photographs, career history, education and what the best and worst parts of their jobs are. This should be a good indication to anyone, who might consider a career in the voluntary sector, that there are opportunities for all kinds of people with different backgrounds, skills and education.

The voluntary sector is an excellent place to gain sills and develop a career that is fulfilling and undoubtedly challenging, and something that is likely to appeal to many young people.

Dan Atkinson

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