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Kent Union Graduate Intern Opportunity

Kent Student Union
Graduate Intern Opportunity
Volunteer Management & Graduate Employability
12 Month Fixed Term Contract
Salary: £16,216
35 hours per week
37 days annual leave

Thank you for your interest in the position of Graduate Intern (Volunteer Management and Graduate Employability). Kent Union is a successful, vibrant and exciting organisation with a bright future ahead of us. We have achieved a great deal in the last few years, more than doubling in size to our current £11million turnover, 500 employees and 2,000 volunteers. We were re-accredited with Investor in People Gold status in December 2014, and were accredited with Leaders in Diversity in 2013; we were the first student’s union in the UK to achieve Investing in Volunteers status and we have been included in the Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For, for 9 years, placed 38th for 2018.

The position of Graduate Intern (Volunteer Management and Graduate Employability) is based within our Volunteer Management and Graduate Employability Department. The post holder will be required to support the delivery of Volunteer Management operations, ensuring that best practice in volunteer management is championed and embedded across the organisation, so that volunteers feel aligned behind Kent Unions charitable purpose and have an exceptional volunteering experience. The post holder will also support the departments Graduate Employability functions. Key duties will include overseeing Kent Unions’ Volunteer Reward and Recognition programme, supporting our annual Volunteer Satisfaction Survey and assisting with Graduate Employability initiatives, as well as providing day to day support to the Head of Volunteer Management and Graduate Employability.

You will be a self-motivated, flexible individual, who can work well within a team or independently. You will be able to multitask, have strong IT skills, as well as excellent communication skills.

The position provides an ideal opportunity for a recent graduate from the University of Kent to learn and gain valuable practical experience in the field of volunteer management, working for a charity which has over 2,000 volunteers. This will provide the post holder with many transferable skills and valuable training, as well as excellent prospects for future employment.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity, please contact Steph Hughes on 01227 824309. For an application pack and to find out how to apply please go to https://kentunion.co.uk/workforus

Closing date for applications: 3 July 2018

Interviews: 13 July 2018

 

NHS Graduate Management Scheme

Looking for a graduate job?

The NHS Graduate Scheme is now open! This 12 month management programme is designed to fast-track graduates into leadership roles in the ever-growing health and social care sector. By the end of the programme you’ll achieve a fully funded management qualification and a health and social care leadership qualification. Find out more here

Applications close on 9th April!

And, if you are a 1st or 2nd year student then click here too find out about the opportunities and register your interest.

Why volunteer?

As a current student or a recent graduate, I’m sure you have heard all too many times the key to getting a graduate job is ‘experience, experience, experience’. But with the pressures and demands of life, balancing a part time job, exam preparation, essay deadlines and of course a social life, it may seem as though you have no time to fit this in. However, if you can find the time, even if it were just a couple of hours a week, it would help to raise your graduate profile and develop your transferable skills. One way to do this is through volunteering. Volunteering is a great way to gain experience and skills, helping you to stand out to recruiters in a competitive job market.

So, why volunteer?

1) You can fit volunteering around your schedule, committing to just a few hours out of your day. This is your time you are investing in volunteering, so make sure it not only works for them but for you too.

2) There are many opportunities out there, all you have to do is look! If there is a specific career path you are interested in taking, volunteering is a perfect way to test it out. For example, if you would like to work as a journalist try contacting your local news offices for work experience. You can also browse voluntary vacancies through Kent Union and the Careers Vacancy Database .

You can also volunteer through a society, opportunities include first aid, homeless outreach, fundraising and volunteering with children.

3) It’s a great way to network and gain valuable contacts.

4) It will enhance your CV, contributing to your personal development, whilst giving you the chance to do something you care about.

5) You can get involved in the local community, supporting projects which benefit individuals, the community and environment.

6) You can explore different career paths and work with people from different backgrounds.

Remember …

Check if the opportunity covers out-of-pocket expenses, it shouldn’t cost you to volunteer.

If you have undertaken an unpaid work placement, you may be eligible for a B:KEW bursary.

If you do take on voluntary work, log your hours on the Kent Union’s Toolkit and you may achieve an award through the Kent Student Certificate in Volunteering.

Graduate Internships ERASMUS+

The European Commission offers Erasmus+ funding for recent graduates to carry out graduate internships

Eligible activity
The internship must be related to your degree in some way. You will be asked to provide a supporting statement in the application for funding explaining how it is related and what the expected benefits are.

Country
The internship must take place in an Erasmus+ programme country: ie an EU member state or Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia or Turkey. Internships in the UK are not eligible because you are studying at a UK institution.

Duration
Internships must be between two months and twelve months long.
Graduate internships must be completed within one year of the date you have been notified by Kent that you have achieved your degree and will graduate.

If you received Erasmus+ funding during your final year, e.g. for a Term Abroad, that period will be taken into account with the Graduate Internship; so if you completed a Term Abroad which lasted three months in your final year, then the Graduate internship would be a maximum of nine months.

Funding
The grant rates are set by the European Commission each year, taking into account the cost of living in the host countries. We will be notified of the grant rates for 2018-19 in due course. As an indicator, the grant rates for 2017-18 are as follows:
Country where the internship takes place

Grant amount
– Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia € 380 per month
– Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Norway, Sweden €430 per month

Contact the Erasmus Team at erasmus@kent.ac.uk as early as possible. You must apply during your final year of study at Kent.

Applications cannot be considered after graduation.