Is it for me?

What are we looking for?

Education: applicants must have a strong academic track record, including a good University degree.

Experience: It is important for applicants to display previous areas of leadership and an interest in politics, media or social action at a grassroots or national level. This could include, but is not limited to: voluntary work for a charity, community action projects, student politics, writing for a university newspaper or involvement in radio broadcasting. All candidates must possess good interpersonal skills, enthusiasm, an excellent ability to communicate and, above all, a willingness to serve.

Faith: CARE’s Statement of Faith is the driving force behind everything we do. Applicants will need to understand and be in agreement with it.

How is the year structured?

The Leadership Programme is an eleven month, full-time commitment that runs from early September to the end of July each year. We begin with a month of training and development. Then, from October until the end of July, graduates spend four days each week in work placements arranged by CARE. The majority of placements are based in the UK, Scottish and European parliaments or the third sector, but participants can also be placed in media and business organisations. Every Friday, all members of the Programme gather in London for a day of study.

Support and Mentoring

Each year we recruit around 10 graduates. This group of like-minded Christians working in similar roles provides a unique supportive community. 

In addition, each graduate is mentored individually. The support and personal development of each graduate is hugely important to us. The Leadership Programme is an intensive year of spiritual, professional, intellectual and emotional growth.

How does it work financially?

Some placements pay a salary, others are voluntary. If the placement is voluntary CARE offers a monthly educational bursary which helps to make the Programme accessible to any candidate. In some cases participants will need to suppliment this bursary with a small amount of private fundraising or by finding particularly cheap accommodation. If you would like more information on this, please email Allan Beckett - Associate Director of the IFC: allan.beckett@care.org.uk

' The wise will also hear and increase in learning, and the person of understanding will acquire skill and attain to sound counsel so that he may be able to steer his course rightly. '

Proverbs 1: 5 (AMP)