Apprenticeships: nurturing a diverse sector

Apprenticeships are a unique opportunity for NGOs to recruit a new generation of entry-level talent and upskill existing staff. 

These programmes are a new way to train and support people from disadvantaged backgrounds and minority groups into careers in international development. 

We’ve teamed up with Multiverse to improve how NGOs hire, train and retain talent. Focused on improving diversity in the sector, this partnership supports organisations of all sizes to effectively utilise apprenticeships as part of their staff attraction and retention strategies.

Subscribe to Multiverse and Bond's monthly newsletter Apprenticeships for NGOs for the latest programme updates and deadlines, and to discover how other organisations are using apprenticeships to solve key business challenges.

Upskilling staff

We’ve launched the April/May 2021 round of apprenticeship programmes in project management, data analytics and people leadership for Bond members and INGOs based strictly in the UK, paid for via the apprenticeship levy. These programmes focus on upskilling existing staff from within your organisation.

Register your interest

  • Data Fellowship: Bridge the digital skills gap with outstanding data training for HR, marketing, fundraising and data team colleagues.  Application deadline 19 April, start date 6 May.
  • Project Management: Improve the strategy and operations capability of your organisation, with incredible training delivered over 18 months. Application deadline 22 April, start date 11 May.
  • People Leadership: Upskill your junior line managers in how to run effective teams, with sector-leading training in conjunction with MindGym. Application deadline 23 April, start date 12 May.

Get in touch with the Multiverse team to find out more about their existing employee upskilling Apprenticeship Programmes. If you don’t pay into the levy,  Multiverse will be able to match you with one of their corporate partners to fund the training, making it free or heavily discounted for you.

Recruitment and training for any entry-level role

Access a new pool of diverse talent and develop entry-level talent with new skills to help you address critical skills gaps using Multivere's end-to-end solution for talent and training. 

Join ActionAid, UNICEF, WaterAid and other Bond members in hiring a young apprentice into your organisation. 

Get in touch today

Bond training programme

We offer various entry-level online training courses that are ideal for new staff including Introduction to international development, Managing the project cycle and Introduction to MEAL


What are apprenticeships?
Apprenticeships are training programmes that last 15-18 months and are funded by the apprenticeship levy. They can be used to train entry-level staff or to upskill existing members of staff in a range of areas.

What is the apprenticeship levy?
All organisations with an annual paybill over £3 million contribute to the levy. This money can only be spent on apprenticeship training with an approved training provider, not salaries or short-courses. Calculate the approximate size of your organisation’s levy.

My organisation doesn’t pay the levy - how would I fund an apprentice?
If your organisation doesn’t pay into the levy, or has already spent its levy pot, Multiverse works with corporate clients willing to donate the cost of the training for Bond members.

What are the benefits of hiring an entry-level apprentice?
NGOs often feel they hire over-qualified people into their entry-level roles and, while there is a desire to increase the diversity of the sector, many NGOs feel they could do more. Multiverse specialises in finding diverse, high-potential young people who don’t want to go to university. Apprentices often outlast graduate hires and benefit from support and training provided by Multiverse. This partnership will bring in a new generation of diverse talent to the NGO sector.

“Our sector desperately needs an injection of diverse talent and this programme promises that and more. We have worked with Multiverse to hire two excellent apprentices and upskill existing staff using our levy pot. Multiverse's support and advice have been invaluable and I urge everyone in the charity sector to speak to Multiverse and Bond.” - Andrea Metcalf, deputy director of people and culture at ActionAid UK

What are the benefits of upskilling our existing employees through apprenticeships?
Multiverse apprenticeships are delivered by trained coaches who have worked in industry and who specialise in applying learning to apprentices’ work. They support your staff throughout the programme through in-person sessions, bootcamps and webinars to ensure learning is retained and applied to their role. Those on the programme learn skills that enable them to perform better in their role and build capacity within their teams and organisations.

Ok, what would we actually need to pay?

  • Training costs from the levy (or donated to you if you don't have a levy pot )
  • Recruitment fee (when hiring only) - £1,350 (includes a 10% discount for Bond members)
  • The apprentices’ salary, which must meet London living wage (£20,572.50 at 37.5 hours per week)

Who is Multiverse?

Multiverse is on a mission to create a diverse group of future leaders. They focus on three core areas: giving employers a framework for measuring potential outside of academics and work experience through their platform; bringing incredible content from around the world into applied learning programmes; and growing an apprentice community to enable young people to build social capital and strong professional networks. In the UK, Multiverse is at the forefront of enabling companies to use the apprenticeship levy to train a diverse group of future leaders in the technical skills they need.