Become a ReachOut Project Leader

We’re recruiting for new Project Leaders for the 2022/23 school year! This is an exciting opportunity to change lives by facilitating impactful mentoring and to develop your career through our Leadership Development Programme. Find out everything you need to know below! 

Join our leadership
development programme

As a Project Leader, you’ll be part of our Leadership Development Programme where you can receive a wide range of interesting and useful training, exciting career mentoring as well as networking and social opportunities!

Become a Reachout
project leader

We’re recruiting for new Project Leaders! Paid for 5 hours a week, our Project Leaders are part of the ReachOut team, they plan and deliver ReachOut sessions and lead a group of 10-16 young people and volunteer mentors.  The hourly rate is £11.05 in London and £9.90 in Greater Manchester, Liverpool, Oldham & Leeds.

Download our Information Pack

For all the information you need about becoming a Project Leader you can download our 2022/23 information pack. This includes:

  • An introduction to ReachOut
  • The role of a Project Leader
  • Our Leadership Development Programme
  • Project Timeline
  • Person Specification
  • Application Process

Watch our online information session

In February, we held a number of online information sessions where our team talked through what it means to be part of our Leadership Development Programme and how you can apply. If you missed them, you can catch-up by watching a recording of one of the sessions. 

How to apply

Stage one - Submit your application form and CV

Applications are ongoing between February and July and are assessed on a rolling basis. We recommend submitting your application as soon as you can!

To submit your application:

  • Make sure you read the contents of our information pack carefully and check you meet our minimum requirements for the role. 
  • Complete the application form (linked to below) and remember to attach your CV. 
  • We aim to contact you within two weeks of receiving your application. 
  • Current and former ReachOut mentors who have attended five or more mentoring sessions will automatically be shortlisted for Stage Two on receipt of their application form and CV. 
Stage Two - Assessment Centre
  • If you are successful in your application, you will be invited to attend one of our online Zoom assessment centres where you’ll meet our fantastic team. 
  • At the assessment centre, you’ll be interviewed, asked to take part in group tasks and deliver a pre-prepared activity. 

ReachOut is committed to being an inclusive and diverse organisation, and we live by our core Character Strengths of Fairness, Good judgement, Self-Control and Staying Power. We therefore welcome applications from people of all ethnicities, ages, religious beliefs, gender identities, sexual orientation and any other protected characteristics, to provide a diverse range of experience, ideas and insights into our work. 

We recognise that having support from staff and volunteers with a shared experience, can further help our young people develop and learn. More than half of the young people we work with are from Black Caribbean, Black African, Bangladeshi and Turkish backgrounds, yet we tend to get fewer applications from people within these communities. 

ReachOut wants to increase the representation of our young people amongst our Project Leaders, so if you are from these ethnic groups, we would particularly appreciate receiving your applications.  

Any questions or feedback?

If you’ve got any questions about ReachOut, our Leadership Development Programme, the role of a Project Leader, our application process or anything else, don’t hesitate to get in touch! 

If you have any feedback on our recruitment process, please also don’t hesitate to get in touch. We are committed to being an inclusive and diverse organisation – if you have any concerns about steps in our recruitment or have any ideas on how we could make our recruitment more inclusive, we would love to hear from you.

You can email or chat to one of the team on 0203 489 9797 (London) & 0161 883 2191 (North West)

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“At first, I was really hesitant to take on the Project Leader role, despite having mentored with ReachOut. However, with the support of the team I’ve really developed my skills. For example, at the Mentee Graduation, I stood up in front of 200 people and presented an award which is something I would never ever have been able to have done before, and isn’t an opportunity I could gain in my other situations.”

Amy McCutcheon, Project Leader at ReachOut Academy, Dean Trust Ardwick, Manchester.


“Being able to spend the summer working at Rede Partners, was an amazing experience. Whether it was working in HR or Finance, I learned so much about the world of private equity, made great connections with fantastic people and I got to learn first-hand what it would be like to work there! I really believe that I can go onto build the career I want now I’ve been a part for a workplace for real”

Victor Adekunle, 18 years old, ReachOut Ambassador, London


“When I first my mentee, she was very reluctant to participate in the sessions. Now, I see a completely different person! Her confidence has grown and she is happy to join in! She still has some self-doubt when it comes to academic work, but that’s what I hope to help her overcome, because she is a very bright person!

Through mentoring, I’ve learnt I’m a lot more patient than I realised. There will be days where she refuses to participate and those are the days that I really see the importance of the character strengths, for both the mentees and the mentors. It also makes it easier for the mentee to understand the character strengths, when I use them myself”

Myrtle, ReachOut Club mentor at Tufnell Primary School, London


“There are more distractions than ever outside of school, and the commitment of our students to attend ReachOut sessions is testament to the value they place on the relationships they foster there, and the challenge and enjoyment they provide.

ReachOut’s focus on communication skills and character development has become an important aspect of our provision of support for these students. The opportunity to relate to a positive role- model other than their usual teachers is key to the programme’s impact, and the evidence of this has been seen in the students’ attendance, resilience and to their overall progress across all the subjects in the school.”

Thomas Janvrin, Assistant Vice Principal at the Petchey Academy London