'A Day in the Life' work shadow scheme

A Day in the Life provides a unique opportunity for staff from central government and voluntary organisations to step into each other's shoes for a day, and learn about how the other sector operates.

The scheme helps participants find out about the roles and responsibilities of staff within another organisation, and the operational environments and wider contexts in which they work.

How the scheme works

Applicants are paired with a suitable person from the opposite sector. At a convenient time, they can spend a day shadowing each other in their organisations. We recommend that participants work together prior to the exchange days to plan a day that best meets the interests of their partner.

Read our guidance on guidance on planning your Day in the life to find out more.

What previous participants have said

The scheme was really valuable and gave me a much wider perspective.
Home Office
A great use of time and really interesting to see how my work impacts on organisations in the same policy area but outside government Department for Education. 
Department for Education
Absolutely amazing experience and I felt very honoured to be included in this initiative. It was a fascinating insight into the home office and my match looked after me well.
Restore Ltd (charity)
It was a fantastic experience and have gained a very good insight of government institutions' processes.
Age UK

To register interest in the 2020 scheme

The 2020 scheme depends on NCVO recruiting central government departments to take part. If this is successful, we hope to launch the 2020 scheme towards the end of 2019, with a view to the exchanges taking place approximately February to May 2020.

To register interest in the 2020 scheme, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. detailing your name, job title and organisation.

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