Full-time Mentor
graduate job

Full-time Mentor

Job description

For a full academic year our volunteers act as role models and mentors to children in schools in disadvantaged communities, helping them to reach their full potential.

City Year UK's volunteers are integral to the school day. As part of a team of other volunteers, they encourage pupils both in and out of the classroom to engage with and enjoy learning, providing one-one and small group support in class and running breakfast and after school clubs.

As role models, volunteers are uniquely well-placed to create meaningful relationships with children who need help to do well at school. They bring a new perspective to learning and boost pupils’ confidence, while improving behaviour, creating no-bullying cultures and helping pupils to feel safe, empowered and happy.

Our volunteer mentors come from a wide range of backgrounds but are united in one common goal: to better themselves and to better the lives of children. Every experience is unique but there are universal themes that characterise what you will get out of City Year: a challenge; an adventure; a learning experience; a career boost; leadership development; a lot of fun; friendships for life; and last but not least, the chance to tackle educational inequality, one of the biggest social issues in the UK.

Everyone has a story – some of ours.

Inside school (Monday - Thursday and some Fridays, during term time only)

  • Build meaningful trusting, coaching relationships with targeted pupils to tackle frustration, isolation, anger, low self-esteem, attention seeking and distraction before they lead to acting out in the form of disruptive or negative behaviour
  • When required, work alone with a designated list of pupils requiring more intensive one-one mentoring support. Run a range of interventions in English and maths using teaching and learning content provided by the school
  • Support teachers in class by working at tables of four or five pupils
  • Model good behaviour for all children in classrooms, corridors and outside areas through structured break time activities, eating lunch with pupils and reinforcing school expectations
  • Help encourage attendance and punctuality in all pupils
  • Encourage library use, supervise homework or study clubs
  • Supervise fun before-school activities for the whole school such as breakfast clubs to get pupils energised and ready for school.
  • Run a range of extra curricular clubs, e.g sports, music, homework, debating etc to help build children’s confidence
  • Support the school with the creation of displays, the coordination of special events and trips, the sorting or marking of books or materials, or the entry of valuable pupil data
  • Plan special projects to engage parents and the local community

Outside school (Monday - Friday, during term time only)

  • Attend occasional training, coaching and career development sessions outside of school
  • Represent City Year at external events with our business partners or influential figures to help raise our profile
  • Attend recruitment events to inspire and tell prospective volunteers all about what they’re signing up for
  • Take part in volunteering days with our funders
  • Work shadowing opportunities with our staff and business partners
  • Access to a mentor

Reporting to
You will be line managed on site by one of our school-based programme staff team who will have oversight of your day-to-day training and development in and outside of school.

The City Year UK volunteer role is full-time, Monday to Friday during term time only. You will not be volunteering with City Year outside of term time ie. weekends, Bank Holidays or during school holidays. A typical school day begins between 7.30am and 8am (depending on your school or rota arrangements with your team). During term time you need to be available from first thing in the morning until 5pm.

As you are a volunteer, rather than an employee, we are able to offer you some support to help you during your City Year. You will be entitled to claim reimbursed living expenses up to £4,400 a year in London and £100 personal expenses every week during term time or £3,960 in West Midlands and Greater Manchester and £90 personal expenses every week during term time. This is not a salary and should not affect the receipt of state benefits (if applicable to your personal situation) for things like housing, free prescriptions etc. In addition to living expenses, we will reimburse the exact amount of money that you will spend on using the most reasonable method of transport to get to and from your school and the City Year office.

Background checks
Appointment is subject to clearance through the Disclosure and Barring Service and receipt of satisfactory references. The voluntary work you will be undertaking will involve with children and young people which by law is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. You are not entitled to withhold information and must declare all convictions, including spent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings. Any information given will be completely confidential and will be considered only in relation to any application or positions to which the order applies.

Leadership development and making a difference at City Year UK

City Year is a life-changing experience. As well as having a huge impact on the lives of children, 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 dedication, passion and values to stand out from the crowd.

You’ll also continue to develop your leadership potential through training, coaching, networking events and career development opportunities, all designed to enable you to confidently transition from education into employment, training or further education.

City Year UK offers you the opportunity to:

  • Improve social and educational outcomes for children in a tangible way
  • Gain key life skills such as public speaking, problem-solving
  • Communication and resilience
  • Boost your CV and networks and explore career options in the public, private or charity sector

For more information about the programme you can ask us a question on

What we are looking for

Skills, abilities and qualities

  • Passionate about wanting to tackle educational inequality and work with children (essential)
  • Desire and ability to be a role model for others (essential)
  • Experience working - whether voluntary or paid - with children or young people (desirable)
  • Good written and verbal communication (essential)
  • Responsible in nature (essential)
  • Willing to demonstrate taking the initiative (essential)
  • Committed and willing to push through challenges (essential)
  • Empathetic, reflective and thoughtful (essential)
  • Self-aware and open to learning (essential)
  • Adaptable and willing to challenge own comfort zone (essential)
  • Organised (essential)
  • Passionate, committed and have the emotional maturity to work with disadvantaged young children
  • Aged 18-25 when you start volunteering
  • Eligible to live and work in the EU for a year
  • Live in the Greater Manchester, the West Midlands or London area during your year of service


City Year UK is built on inclusivity. It’s open to any 18 to 25-year-old with a minimum Level-three qualification (A-level or equivalent). What makes our young people extraordinary is their ambition to improve the lives of children, a willingness to stand up as a role model, the desire to keep learning themselves and the determination and resilience to complete the year.

Accepted degree subjects


How to apply

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 31/07/2018

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Closing date: 31/07/2018


Additional job details

LocationBirmingham, London, Manchester


ContractFixed term
Working hoursFull-time

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