Fund Raising Apprentice Jonathan raises the profile for National Apprenticeship Week 2014
March 4, 2014 | Nick Taylor
This week, 3 – 7 March 2014, is National Apprenticeship Week 2014. Now in its seventh year, National Apprenticeship Week is the time when all eyes are on Apprenticeships and it’s all about raising the profile amongst employers, individuals, teachers, parents and the media. Everyone with an interest in Apprenticeships across England is encouraged to get involved in the Week and the Foundation is supporting alongside its on fundraiser, Jonathan Levy, who’s charitable career ambitions have been given a boost from two national charities.
Jonathan Levy, 23, from Appleton, has been taken on as a fundraising apprentice by the Foundation for Peace, with support from the youth charity Rathbone. Jonathan, who is already a trustee of the Dyspraxia Foundation, had extensive voluntary experience supporting a number of charities, but had struggled to convert it into employment in the third sector until he asked for Rathbone’s help.
“Rathbone told me to prepare a list of eight charities I’d be interested in working for and encouraged me to contact them. I emailed The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace and the next day the chief executive invited me for an interview,” said Jonathan.
Impressed by Jonathan’s knowledge and experience, which also includes working as a Parliamentary Assistant for Warrington South MP David Mowat and fundraising efforts for good causes such as Brainwave, the Royal British Legion, Walton Lea Partnership and Warrington Disability Partnership, The Foundation took him on in November.
“We weren’t actively looking for an apprentice but the timing of Jonathan’s contact was perfect,” said Nick Taylor, chief executive of The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace.
“Jonathan’s passion has been a real asset to our organisation and we have found the partnership with Rathbone extremely positive. We would certainly look to take on more apprentices in the future.”
Since starting his apprenticeship, Jonathan has designed the organisation’s new annual fundraising plan and launched a number of new fundraising campaigns, including legacy fundraising and a lottery which the Foundation is doing all it can to promote, as it aims for 8,400 players, to match the number of terrorist attacks in the world last year.
As well as gaining experience Jonathan is also achieving recognized qualifications to boost his employability within the charity sector.
“I’m very ambitious and would like to work in fundraising for the foreseeable future. I hope that in time one thing will lead to another as I work my way up the career ladder,” said Jonathan.
“I know I am making a positive difference to the Foundation and my apprenticeship is proving to be everything I hoped for and more.”
Text kindly provided by Rathbone
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