To support you through your year of service you will receive:
- Living expenses up to £4,400 a year in London and £3,960 in the West Midlands and Greater Manchester
- Reimbursement for any travel expenses you incur as a result of City Year activities.
- Support with your financial management through training, workshops and online tools.
- The City Year Hardship fund if eligible
- You may also be eligible to claim certain forms of benefit from the government, such as Housing Benefits or Council Tax Reduction. More information can be found on the Citizens Advice Bureau.
- If you are going to be completing City Year as a university placement year you are still able to claim student finance. Speak to your university or Student Finance for more information.
- You may also be eligible to seek additional external funding from a grant. You can find more information here.
- City Year is a shared experience: you will contribute to and benefit from the support of other members within your school team.
- You will be managed and supported by an onsite Impact Officer, who is part of the City Year staff team.
- You will receive regular mentoring support from an employee at one of our corporate partner organisations.
- You will have one day per week dedicated to your personal and professional development through our leadership development Fridays
We recruit on an ongoing basis for an August start and we advise that you apply early to secure your place. Apply now.
We recruit on an ongoing basis and welcome applications for next year’s programme.
Yes - we have a dedicated recruitment team who are happy to answer any questions you may have.
We receive a high volume of applications but you’ll hear back from us within five working days.
The recruitment process gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your eligibility for the City Year programme. You will be required to complete an application form, and if your application is successful you’ll be invited to an interview. If you are successful at interview you will be offered a conditional offer on the basis that you pass an academic assessment, which involves a basic literacy and numeracy test. Please read our top tips for applying guide to give yourself the best possible chance.
Yes, but not for the same year. You will be eligible to apply for the following year.
We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities. We will make reasonable adjustments to accommodate your needs in the assessment process. If you are successful and are offered a place on the programme, we will discuss with you the reasonable adjustments that need to be made throughout the programme.
All applicants must satisfactorily complete the enhanced DBS check. Please disclose any detail on your self-declaration form and if successful, we will contact you to set up a safeguarding panel meeting where your situation will be reviewed. If you have any queries prior to assessment centre please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes - we accept applications from young people who are studying for, or who have completed, A-Levels or other level 3 qualifications.
Due to the high volume of applications we are unable to give feedback at the application stage, but we do give feedback after you’ve been to an assessment centre.
Our partner schools are based in London, West Midlands and Greater Manchester so we ask that our volunteer mentors live in these regions or are able to travel to their respective school in under 90 minutes. Please talk to a member of the recruitment team if you have any questions.
As part of our entry requirements we ask that all applicants have the right to live and work in the UK; we do not sponsor visas for international applicants.