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International Learning Opportunities

ILO - International Learning Opportunities (ILO)
ILO - International Learning Opportunities (ILO)
Applications now open

We have refreshed the application process for this key development programme. We have revised the application process to ensure we meet the needs of our partners in Lesotho and Uganda. We are advertising a number of challenging, leadership roles. The new recruitment timetable is set out below.

Round opens: 16 May 2016
Round closes:  10 June 2016
Interview: 20 June 2016
Departure: From July 2016

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Are you ready for the leadership challenge of a lifetime?

ILO - Are you ready for the leadership challenge of a lifetime?
ILO - Are you ready for the leadership challenge of a lifetime?
The International Learning Opportunities (ILO) programme provides a unique opportunity to spend eight weeks in sub-Saharan Africa working on development projects that are designed to enhance your leadership skills.

As an international leadership programme, ILO is designed to stretch and challenge your capabilities. The programme offers an immersive experience that involves working with African organisations, leading on specific projects.  By taking you out of your comfort zone, it tasks you to work more creatively, increases levels of self-awareness and gives insight into your own personal resilience . The skills and understanding that the programme provides can be invaluable, not only to you as a participant but to your organisation and to Wales.

Funded by the Wales for Africa programme, the ILO provides a practical way to support Wales in contributing towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

You can find out what our previous participants have to say about their experiences on the Bridges and Links blog.

Want to apply? What you need to know

ILO - how to apply
ILO - how to apply
Choose the leadership role you want to apply for and submit your CV and a covering letter to by the closing date (10 June 2016).

You will also need to send an endorsement form from your line manager.

Please refer to the guidance below before submitting your application.

If successful, you will be invited to interview and assessment.

- International Learning Opportunities: Guidance [PDF 247KB]
- CV [PDF 174KB]
- Letterhead [DOC 391KB]
- Line Manager Endorsement [PDF 581KB]

Leadership roles available
These are the specifications for the roles currently available. Once you have chosen the role you’d like to apply for, please follow the application guidance.

Organisation: Bushikori Christian Centre (BCC) [PDF 196KB]
Location: Mbale, Uganda
Departure Date: July/August

Organisation: Child of Hope [PDF 196KB]
Location: Mbale, Uganda Departure
Date: July/August

Organisation: Christian Child Care Programme (CCP) [PDF 163KB]
Location: Mbale, Uganda
Departure Date: July/August

In addition to our tailored placements, we also encourage general applications from all leaders who are committed to their personal and professional development and who have skills and experience they feel could benefit the programme.

What other leaders have to say

ILO - what other leaders have to say
ILO - what other leaders have to say
Here are some of the many inspiring comments we’ve received from our previous participants:

Steve Davies, Head of Financial Innovation, Welsh Government:
'It was a fantastic experience and one that I would strongly recommend. The programme offers a great opportunity to test your resilience and develop your leadership skills. But in the end, what you put into the programme is dwarfed by what you take out. You meet amazing people doing extraordinary things in barely credible circumstances. There's no other training programme that I know of that offers that kind of exposure, or rewards your participation so richly.'

‘Frustrating, challenging, heart breaking and rewarding – all in equal measure, but ultimately a life changing experience’

‘It has given me a totally different outlook on my life and the lives of others. It has inspired me to embrace change within my own career and to strike out in a new direction.’

‘An opportunity to use your skills and experience in a very different environment and realise that you can make a lasting difference in a short space of time. You then return to your work feeling empowered, confident and revitalised and better prepared to face the challenges.’

‘I loved that there is such an incredible programme where you can use skills to help others in a completely different environment. I very wrongly left thinking ‘I can’t wait to help others’. I was so wrong. It’s so much a more than that. Local people open up your eyes on real issues, they show you trust and respect, they give to you more than you can ever imagine. You make friends.’

‘I will approach my work with a wider perspective and a more diverse outlook, which I believe will also enhance the skills which I have further developed as part of the programme.’

Wales for Africa

ILO - Wales for Africa
ILO - Wales for Africa
The International Learning Opportunities programme is funded by the Wales for Africa programme and is delivered through Academi Wales and Wales for Africa in association with our approved supplier.

The Wales for Africa programme was set up by the Welsh Government to encourage Wales to do more in support of international development. Since 2006 the Wales for Africa programme has become a beacon for Welsh efforts to help deliver the UN Millennium Development Goals to halve global poverty by 2015.

Find out more on the Welsh Government Wales for Africa web pages.


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