Become a project leader

We are looking for enthusiastic, collaborative and positive individuals to join our Leadership Programme and become Project Leaders. As a Project Leader you will run a weekly mentoring project with young people in primary or secondary school, facilitating the sessions alongside other responsibilities.

The Leadership Programme is an opportunity to gain and improve your leadership, management and communication skills whilst having a massive impact on the lives of young people. You will be supporting them to raise their aspirations, develop their character, and build their academic attainment and self-confidence. Are you up for the challenge?

As a member of the programme you’ll benefit from:

  • A training programme designed to help you develop and grow your leadership and management skills, including a weekend residential and follow up evening sessions.
  • Additional optional modules such as public speaking, working with young people with Special Educational Needs, Leadership training delivered in partnership with our corporate supporters and other third sector organisations.
  • Paid weekly placement as a Project Leader on a primary or secondary school project (find out more about ReachOut’s Leadership programme by downloading the information pack below)
  • A unique opportunity to focus on your career development through access to a career mentor (last year’s partners: Spencer Ogden, Macquarie and The App Business) and a line manager dedicated to your development in and out of ReachOut.
  • Access to ReachOut’s alumni community, with access to networking events and career development opportunities.

University students part of the Leadership programme, will also get access to the benefits available through the ReachOut Level Up Experience scheme (find out more about ReachOut Level Up Experience here).

For common queries see our FAQs.

Current and former ReachOut mentors who have attended 10 or more mentoring sessions will automatically be shortlisted.

We will be assessing candidates on a rolling basis and will close applications once we have recruited the required number of Project Leaders. It is in your interest to apply as soon as possible.

Please click below to download our application form. Once completed, please send it along with your CV to

*All of our spaces in Manchester are now full. Please only apply if you are able to lead a project in London or Liverpool.


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Become a Project Leader

Become a project leader We are looking for enthusiastic, collaborative and positive individuals to join our Leadership Programme and become Project Leaders. As a Project

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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