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Volunteering in Chesterfield: a gateway for developing your skills and career


This month we are celebrating the Voluntary Community Sector; volunteering doesn’t just help others, it’s also a great way to develop your own skills.

There are lots of obvious benefits to volunteering – a sense of accomplishment and being able to give back to others. But volunteering can also be a gateway to develop your career, by widening your experience and learning new skills.

Volunteering can help to develop your career

Meet Martha Bramwell, Projects Apprentice at Chesterfield-based community organisation Junction Arts.

Martha Bramwell Junction Arts

Martha demonstrates how volunteering can help progress your career, she originally started at Junction Arts as an intern in December 2020 but has recently progressed into a full-time Projects Apprentice role.

She said: “I am delighted to be enrolled at Chesterfield College doing the Level 3 Team Leader Apprenticeship. During the apprenticeship I am looking forward to building my confidence, developing my leadership skills, and improving my communication skills. I am so grateful to be able to continue my journey at Junction Arts. So far, I have been supporting ‘This Girl Codes’ project by creating social media and doing project research. I’m really enjoying helping to deliver projects and one day I hope to be able to run my own projects helping people like me.”

Details of volunteering opportunities at Junction Arts can be found here.

Find out more about becoming an apprentice in Chesterfield here.

Looking to hire an apprentice?

Hiring an apprentice can bring a wealth of benefits to your organisation and employers in the community and voluntary sector can benefit from funding towards apprenticeship training. Explore the different funding opportunities available here.

One of the funding opportunities is through the government Levy Transfer service. As an organisation, you can use this service to apply for funding from large businesses who can transfer up to 25% of their Levy, providing 100% funding of your apprenticeship training and assessment costs. Find out more and search the available funding opportunities here.

Opportunities to volunteer in Chesterfield

Not only can you develop new skills and gain different experience through volunteering. It can also be used as a way to raise your profile, meet new people, and see what a paid role in a particular career might be like.

There are lots of volunteering opportunities available in Chesterfield that can help develop your chosen career:

Junction Arts at the Tapton Lock Festival

Mollie Brown

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