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Why join?

Firstly, can we say how pleased we are that you’re considering City Year UK as your next challenge! Whether you’re a graduate, placement student or have just left school, we could be just what you're looking for.

Our programme

City Year UK is built on inclusivity and is open to any 18 to 25-year-old with a minimum Level 2 qualification in maths and English (GCSE or equivalent). All you need is the ambition to improve children’s lives, a willingness to be a role model, the mindset to keep learning yourself and the determination to see the year through.

“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


We recognise the challenges of the current cost of living crisis and its impact on young people and their wellbeing. To support our volunteers we will increase living expenses by 25%, starting with our 2023-2024 programme. During your City Year, you’ll now receive £115-£125 living expenses per week, dependent on region, plus all travel expenses reimbursed. Have a look at our FAQs for more information on financial and associated support.

What would motivate you to join?

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Making a difference

Giving back to my community. Supporting struggling pupils to succeed.

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Career Prospects

Gaining real world skills that will stand out on my CV. Helping me decide on my next step.

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Personal Development

Being part of a diverse team and making life-long friends. Building networks that will lead to opportunities I never imagined.

City Year UK ranked as a RateMyPlacement

Best Student Employer, 2023/24!

"Taking time out at the start of your career will never be a regret. You will be surprised by what impact doing City Year will have on your life going forward."

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Ready to be a mentor and a role model? Embark on a life-changing experience by applying now!

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