Events Assistant scheme

Events Assistant
9 regions across the UK
£7.50 per hour

Take a step forward and kick-start your career working as an Events Assistant (EA) at the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating all types of cancer. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain world-class hands-on experience working on some of the country’s leading events. 

In the fight against cancer, every moment counts and with our scheme you will play an integral role in the successful planning and delivery of our events.  Cancer Research UK’s Events team delivers a variety of events throughout the year including Race for Life – 5K, 10K, Pretty Muddy, Hike and Marathon - the UK’s largest fundraising event series, Tough 10, and Shine.

We also partner with over 100 third-party events such as London Marathon, Manchester Marathon, Ride London and triathlons to support our participants that take part. Each year over 650,000 people will take part in over 400 events nationwide, all doing something amazing whilst raising millions for Cancer Research UK. Whatever the event, our staff, volunteers and supporters all share our vision of beating cancer sooner.

Our events team is split into nine regional teams, each supported by an Area Events Manager and a dedicated team of Event Assistants. With positions all over the UK, there will be a role for you.
The event season runs from May 2019 – November 2019 and you will be required to work at an allocated number of events throughout this period. The majority of this work will be at weekends.

What's in it for you?

Over the course of the event season, successful applicants will gain experience in course, start and finish, stage and volunteer management. You will become part of a dedicated events team who are experts in their field, have great fun and develop and deliver inspiring events which bring together communities, survivors and those who have been touched by cancer. 

You will also be provided with a Cancer Research UK induction, specific event delivery training and have the opportunity to forge great contacts and network within the UK’s largest charity. 

In these exciting and challenging roles, you can help us bring forward the day when all cancers are cured whilst also gaining experience in managing time-pressured projects, building confidence, communication and relationship management skills.

If you are interested and excited about marketing – you might also be interested to know that we will also be recruiting for regional Promotional Assistants to work across the spring and summer months.  Applicants will gain experience in delivering promotional activity, face to face communication and engagement as well as be involved in supporting Race for Life launch events. If you are interested in applying then please email

New for 2018, we are also recruiting On the Day Merchandise Team Leaders.  Successful applicants will gain experience in sales and stock management, volunteer management, financial reconciliation and banking along with event kit management and installation. 

How to apply

Applications for this scheme will open around December 2018. Please keep an eye on our website for further details.


“I could not have imagined being part of such a motivated team, with so many opportunities to learn and develop professionally.” - Jen Ward