Ireland’s Not-For-Profit Graduate Programme Launched

Tomorrw marks the launch of the For Purpose – Ireland’s not-for-profit graduate programme. The For Purpose programme has been designed to identify, mentor and develop the future leaders of the sector. The 12-month programme will connect participating not-for-profit organisations with graduates who want to make a positive impact on society.

For Purpose will offer graduate traineeships across a diverse range of career paths, including fundraising, communications, social care and roles in housing and international development.

Based around the ultimate aim of building a consistent pipeline of talent for the not-for-profit sector, the For Purpose graduate programme will provide participants with an immersive training experience along with one-on-one mentoring, ensuring a grounding in the key skills required to work in the sector.

In 2019, the For Purpose programme will take on its first graduate intake. Following a competitive interview process, successful candidates will be matched with participating organisations to undertake their traineeships on the programme. Throughout the graduate course, trainees can avail of regular mentorship meetings to ensure they are getting the best experience possible out of the programme.

For Purpose is the evolution and enhancement of an existing graduate programme offered by not-for-profit consultancy 2into3. Since 2012, 2into3 has placed 42 graduates into roles with not-for-profit organisations, including Age Action, Focus Ireland, Educate Together and Diabetes Ireland.

Today, over 60% of those graduates are still working within the sector and have risen to management and leadership roles in their respective organisations.

Dennis O’Connor, Founder of the For Purpose Programme said, “Our ambition was to create a cohesive and unified graduate programme that will greatly benefit entry-level trainees with the best career springboard possible. The not-for-profit sector is full of opportunities for graduates who are seeking an impactful career with purpose.”

Adrian McCarthy, Project Manager of the For Purpose Programme said, “We are extremely excited to launch the For Purpose Graduate Programme. It has been designed to provide graduates with the best training experience possible. The long-term sustainability of the not-for-profit sector relies on outstanding graduates and we believe that the For Purpose Graduate Programme will contribute to the development of the sector.”


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