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Training for City Year UK and beyond

Once a week, you’ll join all the volunteer mentors in your region for 'leadership and development'. It’s a day that’s dedicated to you - to grow your skills in and out of the classroom. Read more about the types of training you can expect, your induction and a broad overview of what the sessions will cover.

Types of training

Your learning experiences will come in different formats from instructor-led sessions, e-learning and practical exercises, to continual coaching and feedback throughout your year.

Your induction

Our Basic Training Academy (BTA) marks the start of your City Year. Lasting a week, it’ll be a chance to meet your fellow volunteer mentors and learn about us. You’ll cover our mission, culture and values and how you’ll be supporting pupils to succeed. At the end, you'll find out which school you'll be volunteering in!

Leadership and Development Days (LDDs)

Every LDD is different, but you can expect training and events to support you in your role in school, community building and career development opportunities. You'll also receive your own tailored Personal Development Plan (PDP) to help you gain the key skills and competencies that employers are looking for. At the end of your year, you’ll be given a reference to include with your job applications.

Some of our LDD activities

Have your resume and references

Specialist training for volunteering in school

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Skills sessions e.g. project planning and teamwork

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Interview and CV workshops

Have your resume and references

Learning from leaders with guest speakers

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Networking and public speaking opportunities

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Social action on the causes you care about

“I came away from the session a lot more informed and tons more confident about how to help support the children in a more effective way. Really useful!”

Volunteer Mentor City Year UK

Your own mentor

As a volunteer mentor, you’ll also be supported by your own mentor - throughout your City Year and as you take your next step into further education or employment. Known as a ‘Bridge Builder’, their professional background means they can be a sounding board on everything from different career pathways and goals, to CV support and interview techniques.

“My mentor has helped me rethink how I talk about my work experience and how I sell myself, as well as figure out what I want to do and achieve. She has given me confidence - helping me secure a Graduate Project Management position and is now organising work shadowing opportunities."

Volunteer Mentor City Year UK

Career development

Find out more about the key skills and capabilities that a City Year helps to develop - transferable to any future career.

Career Development
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