Apply to the Impetus Leadership Academy

How to apply

Applications for the 2022/3 cohort of the Impetus Leadership Academy will open in the summer of 2022.

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The Impetus Leadership Academy is aimed at aspiring leaders within the UK youth sector, working with young people aged 11-24.

Applicants must be from ethnic minority backgrounds and be middle managers or senior managers looking to move into a more senior role, current CEOs of small charities looking to lead a larger organisation, or Trustees aiming to move into the role of Chair of the Board.

We particularly encourage applications from outside of London, from participants from Black, Bangladeshi or Pakistani backgrounds, and from participants who have lived experience of the issues faced by the young people they work with.

Suitable candidates will have:

  • Commitment to the youth sector in the UK evidence by past experience and future ambition
  • Experience of leadership evidenced by results of leading an organisation, significant project or campaign, or other similar experience
  • Ambition to take on a more senior role in the sector, and be a voice in the national conversation on issues for young people from ethnic minority backgrounds in the UK
  • Time to commit to the Leadership Academy over the next 12 months

You will be asked to fill out an eligibility survey before being invited to progress your application. The application process involves a number of set questions to assess your suitability, which can be submitted in written for or via audio or video file.


Applications for the 2022/3 cohort will open in July 2022.

Shortlisting and interviews will be carried out in July and August. Places will be offered in August 2022, ready for a September start.

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