Good Futures: professional development programme for the charity sector

Good-Futures logoAbout the programme

Good Futures is a new collaboration between three national charities: Family Action, The Terrence Higgins Trust and Thera.

It is a professional development programme offering paid two year jobs in one of the above charities, including rotations around different teams and services. Twelve jobs are available.

Additional detail from the advert on W4MP (source of all the quotes below).

The programme has been designed to give trainees access to frontline experience combined with professional and management development. It aims to ensure progression by enabling participants to work across their organisation, and by making the most of a strong peer group and powerful professional networks. Trainees will experience a 2/3 year journey involving 3 phases during which they will be encouraged to own their own journey and discover new ideas. At the end of Years 1 and 2 the formal part of the programme, involving among other things the completion of the Health and Social Care Diploma Level 3, will end, and the focus will shift to preparing trainees to apply for first level management jobs in their organisation through a mixture of coaching and mentoring.


£18k for the first year rising to £22k for the second year.

Start date

November 2013

What they are looking for

We are looking for applicants who want to work in frontline service delivery in the charity sector and believe they can become future managers of those services. We are looking for people with the right motivations and attitude and will place a higher value on these attributes than experience. Applicants will strive to achieve better outcomes for service users, be willing to grow and be prepared to challenge as well as be challenged. They should have the drive to serve but also to lead to get the best out of people. Finally candidates should be creative, helping our charities compete and win new business by bringing fresh ideas and entrepreneurial energy.

They are not asking for a degree, instead they are deliberately leaving the eligibility open.

Good Futures is actively seeking a diverse applicant pool where candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We have planned for an application process which will accommodate a wide range of people, placing value on potential and ability rather than experience.


Applications have been open from 1st August.  No closing date is stated on the Good Futures website, but according to the advert on W4MP the closing date is October 1st and interviews will take place in October.  I recommend applying as soon as possible in case they decide to close applications early if they get a lot of interest – don’t leave anything to chance!

The method of application is to send a personal statement of no more than 500 words explaining who you are, why you think you are right for Good Futures, and why you think Good Futures is right for you. You also need to send two short testimonials from people who have seen you in a working or educational environment.

That 500 word statement is obviously crucial!  You need to demonstrate everything they are looking for and give them a sense of your personality and commitment .  It needs to be unique – if it could describe someone other than yourself it won’t do the job! If you would like someone to look at a draft use our services for Applications Advice or Help by email.

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