NCVO 'A Day in the Life' Work Shadow Scheme 2012
National Council for Voluntary Organisations' (NCVO) increasingly popular and free 'A Day in the Life'
It is a great opportunity, and one which they would like as many people in the voluntary sector as possible to benefit from.
The annual scheme pairs civil servants with employees from civil society organisations so each can spend a day 'shadowing' the other in their place of work to learn how the 'other side' operates. Its personal nature means participants can observe, ask questions and acquire information not easily obtained through more conventional methods of research or enquiry.
Last year, five departments - the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Ministry of Justice and the Cabinet Office - took part with over 520 participants.
The feedback was extremely positive:
- 95% of the respondents found the experience 'worthwhile' (78%'very worthwhile').
- 80% of respondents said they would share their learning / experience with colleagues.
- 87% of respondents would recommend the scheme to colleagues.
- 80% of public sector respondents felt the scheme had increased their understanding of civil society.
Following this success, they are delighted that three more departments have joined those listed above for the forthcoming 2012 scheme - the Home Office, the Department for Education and the Department for Energy and Climate Change.
"A Day in the Life' is a valuable opportunity to highlight and share the importance of the day-to-day work the voluntary sector does 'on the ground'.
If you have any questions or would like more information please contact Paul Winyard: Paul.Winyard@ncvo-vol.org.uk or to find out more about the scheme, please click the NCVO logo below to go to their website: