Explore the City Year leadership development programme


Thomas Brown, head of recruitment and progression at City Year UK, talks about the type of graduates that the organisation recruits and what to expect from a year of voluntary service

How does the City Year programme work?

City Year UK is a youth social action charity that challenges young people to tackle one of the UK's biggest social problems: educational inequality. Through a year of full-time voluntary service in schools, we give 18-25 year-olds a platform to dedicate their talent to support children growing up in some of the UK's most disadvantaged communities.

Our leadership development programme is designed to help young people make maximum impact in schools. From Monday to Thursday, you'll be integral to the school day, helping to encourage pupils both in and out of the classroom to engage with and enjoy learning. On Fridays, you'll continue to develop your leadership potential through learning sessions, workshops, networking events and by running community challenges.

A year of service with City Year is a life-changing experience. It's a chance to invest in yourself and your future. It's a year to push yourself outside of your comfort zone and develop the skills to become a self-confident leader with the skills, passion and values to stand out from the crowd.

City Year UK will give you the opportunity to:

  • Improve social and educational outcomes for children in a tangible way.
  • Develop the practical and creative tools you need to deliver social impact.
  • Gain frontline experience in areas such as child development and behaviour management.
  • Explore your career options in social care, working with young people or within the third and corporate sectors.
  • Build lifelong friendships with future leaders and social innovators.

What do you look for in an applicant?

We recruit an outstanding and diverse mix of young people, including graduates and post A-level students. Our policy is to work with inspirational young people who have the passion, commitment and emotional maturity to be role models for children.

How can a graduate stand out?

Your passion and dedication to transforming children's lives is what matters most. You must be exceptional in your commitment to helping young people and making a positive contribution to society. Some of the attributes that we look for in an ideal candidate are passion, teamwork, ambition, leadership, resilience and self-awareness.

What advice would you give to graduates wanting to work in the charity and voluntary sector?

A year of service can be a great way to discover which areas you excel at and enjoy the most. Get as much experience as you can, meet new people and build your professional networks.

How can graduates find out more about City Year UK?

Visit the City Year website or email us at recruitment@cityyear.org.uk. We'd be delighted to meet and speak with you in person.