A Day in the Life Work Shadow Scheme 2012

'A Day in the Life' is NCVO's free work shadowing initiative that provides a unique opportunity for staff in government and Civil Society to step into each other's shoes for a day and learn about 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.

The aim of 'A Day in the Life' is to improve cross-sector understanding of the roles and responsibilities of staff within the public and Civil Society sectors, as well as the operational environments and wider contexts in which they work. By opening up dialogue between staff, this in turn will ensure improved relationships and policy-making.

Government departments taking part in 2012:

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) 
  • Ministry of Justice (MoJ)
  • Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) 
  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
  • Cabinet Office 
  • Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) 
  • Department for Education (DfE) 
  • Home Office

Applicants are paired up with a suitable person from the opposite sector. At a convenient time during September - November, both spend up to a day in each other’s organisation. There they have the opportunity to find out more about each other’s work ranging from the day to day responsibilities through to the wider contexts in which they operate and the challenges they face. They also have the opportunity to ask questions, offer and take advice, and share ideas on how civil society and government can work more effectively together.

The online application process closes Friday 13 July. Places are awarded on a first-come-first-served basis.

Read more and apply online.