Who can apply to be a host organisation?
Any third sector organisation, regardless of size can apply to be a host organisation.
Can non third sector organisations apply?
We will consider applications from public sector organisations where the placement is deemed to offer an opportunity not already covered by a third sector organisation. Private sector organisations cannot apply.
Do you have to be a Argyll and Bute TSI member to be a host organisation?
No. We will endeavour to support any third sector organisations who have meaningful placements to offer.
What is the application process?
We welcome all enquiries but we recommend you follow the first step which is to register your interest in becoming a host organisation via the application.
Organisations must give sufficient detail to satisfy that a valuable placement is being offered. If your placement is considered valuable, your application will progress to stage 2 where we will screen your organisation to ensure that the minimum conditions are met.
How many placements can I apply for?
There is no set limit but you should think about the number of placements you could reasonably support.
What sort of roles are the placements suitable for?
This programme is suitable for all sectors, but the placements must be based within Argyll and Bute Local Authority area and structured in such a way that the participant gets the opportunity to further their job skills and long-term employment prospects. We are flexible as to what that looks like and we will discuss your proposal with you to ensure a quality standard.
What is a bespoke placement?
A bespoke placement is basically a placement which is not already included in your application. It is entirely optional if you wish to offer this. We will only contact those organisations which have indicated that they can accommodate a bespoke placement to discuss the specific requirements and find out if they can be accommodated. If you have not indicated that you can accommodate a bespoke placement, you will not be contacted for this purpose.
How long will the placements last?
As a general guide the placement should be for a maximum of 25 hours per week for a period of 6 months. However, in practice this will be highly dependent on the individual. They may not be able to commit to a lot of hours each week or they may be ready to access work, education or training before the 6-month period is over.
Can the person be deployed to other organisations as part of their placement?
Yes, you can deploy the person to other projects or organisations so long as these are also other third sector organisations and based in Argyll and Bute Local Authority. You should state this in the role description at the application stage.
I already have a person in mind for my placement. How can I get them on the programme?
If you have a person you believe meets the criteria for the programme, you can refer them at any time by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Argyll and Bute TSI will be in touch to register the person and agree the terms and arrangements.
Will there be any additional resources?
We are exploring with partners whether other support can be allocated to each person to help them fully engage in the placement and will support their longer-term prospects. The person’s needs will be discussed with along with the volunteering opportunity.