Join the programme to build an economy that puts purpose before profit.

The Associate Programme with On Purpose is the perfect launch-pad for your purpose-driven career. It is a one year leadership programme that allows you to transition into the social impact space. It combines paid work with professional and personal development and you become part of an inspiring network of like-minded people.

The Associate Programme is full time, based in London and runs for 12 months from October 2018. You work in your placement 4.5 days a week and spend Friday afternoons with your cohort in training. You are paid a salary of £22.5k p.a. Six months after the programme, alumni are paid on average a salary of £45k p.a.

Here’s what the leadership programme looks like:

Placements: You work in two purpose-oriented organisations for six months, doing strategically important work and reporting to senior management within those organisations. Associates have, for example, managed a climate activism campaign at Ben & Jerry’s reporting to their European Head of Social Mission, built the food waste charity FareShare’s operational plan for new regional centres and analysed impact investment deals at Big Society Capital. You take on new challenges and use your existing skills to solve key problems for the organisations. Here are more details about the day-to-day work of Associates.

Mentors and coaches: You meet a mentor fortnightly who guides and challenges you to add value in your placement. You meet an executive coach every quarter focused on your longer-term development.

Training: Every Friday afternoon you hear from experts from diverse sectors who share their knowledge and experience with you and your cohort. We receive training from top professionals including McKinsey, Ellen MacArthur Foundation and our alumni who work in social enterprise organisations. Your cohort is also a powerful group of like-minded people with whom you share your learning and experience.

Community and network: We’ve had more than 1,500 Associates, placements, mentors, coaches and trainers across London, Paris and Berlin all of whom contribute to building a sustainable economy.

85% of our Associates continue to work in purpose-led organisations, for example like Candice as Investment Director at Big Society Capital, Joe as CE100 Network Manager with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Alex as Marketing Manager at Natural Capital Partners.


Applications close on Sunday 27th May 2018.

Join us at one of our events on 21st March, 17th April or 9th May, where you will be able to speak to our team, past and present programme participants and other interested candidates.

You must have a valid UK work permit to apply, as we are not able to sponsor visas for the programme. Associates have on average seven years of full-time paid work experience and we accept applications from candidates with at least two years full-time paid work experience. We're also recruiting fluent French and German speakers for our Associate Programmes in Paris and Berlin.

We are a community that welcomes diversity in all forms, through different professional and personal backgrounds and encourage applications from anyone who’s passionate about purpose-led work. If you’re unsure if you should apply, please be in touch with us at

You can find out more about the programme here.

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