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Interns and volunteering: a view from BME third sector - Kunle Olulode

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Presentation at HEA-funded workshop 'Work-based learning in Politics and International Studies: from theory to practice'.

The workshop brought together key stakeholders in the delivery of work-based learning and employability skills in the Politics and International Relations (IR) disciplines including academics, employers and careers advisors. Through presentations and discussion delegates had the opportunity to share best practice on existing work-based learning schemes and developing employability skills.

This presentation is part of a related blog post that provides an overview of the event: http://bit.ly/1x0KPae

For further details of the HEA's work on Employability and Global Citizenship in the Social Sciences see: http://bit.ly/17n8Knj

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Interns and volunteering: a view from BME third sector - Kunle Olulode

  1. 1. Interns  and  volunteering    a  view   from  BME  3rd  Sector   Kunle  Olulode  CEO  Voice4change   England  
  2. 2. Interns  &  volunteers  
  3. 3. A  triple  intern  
  4. 4. Why  is  it  important   •  One  of  the  main  pathways  into  work  for  young  people   and  graduates   •  At  a  Eme  when  chariEes  face  increasing  financial  pressure   and  there  are  more  and  more  unemployed  graduates,   internships  benefit  both  the  charity  and  interns.  On  the   face  of  it,  it  seems  like  a  win-­‐win.   •  ChariEes  are  not  obligated  to  pay  interns  as  they  oKen  fall   under  the  category  of  ‘voluntary  worker’    not  good  for   BME  chariEes?     •  Guardian,    quote  “You  have  to  be  rich  to  work  for  charity   now”    
  5. 5. QuesEons  we  need  to  think  about  as  a   sector  (Carl  Roper  TUC)   Ethics  and  Interns  paper    asks  a  series  of  criEcal  quesEons  that  organisaEons  should   ask  themselves  when  implemenEng  an  internship  programme:   •   “are  your  own  values  being  compromised  by  taking  advantage  of  job  scarcity?”,   •   “are  you  sure  you  have  the  right  balance  of  your  needs  and  theirs?”   •   “if  you  didn’t  have  an  intern  would  you  need  a  paid  worker  to  do  their  work?”   •   and  “is  the  availability  of  unpaid  interns  distorEng  your  volunteer  policy?”  
  6. 6. V4CE  CEO  Kunle  Olulode,  Yasmin  Begum  and  Development  Officer  Saqib   Deshmukh  
  7. 7. Last  thoughts   How  is  our  sector  going  to  look  in  future?  We  think  there  is  a   direct  connecEon  between  the  entry  points  into  a  career  in  a   charity  and  having  a  workforce  that  reflects  the  populaEon   and  perhaps  more  importantly,  the  internaEonal  and  local   communiEes  we  support.  

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