Rise Up Frequently Asked Questions

Our FAQs will be updated regularly, but if you have a question you do not feel is answered below then please email riseup@londonyouth.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  

How long does the programme last?
Rise Up is a five month programme. Each cohort will have a different start date and you will be asked to let us know your preference on your application.  

  • Cohort 1: 30th September 2020 to March 2021 (Online – includes a winter break 
  • Cohort 2: January to May 2021 (offline) 
  • Cohort 3: February to June 2021 (offline) 
  • Cohort 4: March to July 2021 (offline) 

How much time commitment is required?
On Cohort 1, you will attend at least two digital sessions per week (on Tuesdays and Thursdays) with each session lasting around 3 hours with a break. 

For the remaining Cohorts, if delivered offline, you will spend on average one full day per week attending sessions but some weeks you will have two sessions. 

Will I need to take time off work? 
It depends on your working hours. All sessions will be delivered between 9am and 6pm on Tuesdays on Thursdays. This is why you may need to seek your line managers approval to take part in the programme. 

Will I need to commit any time outside of the training sessions?
Occasionally. There is no coursework however you will be expected to have 10 remote mentoring and coaching sessions as well as a two night residential. There will also be optional social and networking events. 

Is there an age limit?
There is not an age limit on this programme but we are seeking practitioners who do not have leadership experience

Is the programme online only?
Cohort 1 will be entirely online and then we hope that the remaining modules (starting from January) will be face to face training. This will be monitored in line with government guidelines. 

What training modules are involved?
You will receive  specialist practice training on:

Trauma Informed Practice, Systems Change, Mental Health First Aid, Selfawareness and Conflict Management, Contextual Safeguarding, Lead Safeguarding, Behaviour management, Gender and culturally informed practice, Working with SEN, Digital Interventions and Online Working. 

You will also receive leadership development training on Organisational Leadership, Business Planning, Policy and fundraising  

What days will the training take place?
We will provide exact dates once your space is confirmed but we plan to run training on Tuesdays and Thursdays and have a mix of morning and afternoon sessions. 

How much does Rise Up cost me?
The programme is free to eligible participants, with each place worth at least £5,000 in training, coaching and mentoring fees.

I have a criminal record, can I still take part?
Yes, if you have been in conflict with the law it will not stop you taking part. Having a past is part of life and in youth work it can be an asset so we could encourage you to apply.  

How many candidates can an organisation put forward for this programme?
We do not have a limit but we will be assessing each application on its own merit as well as ensuring we have a diverse spread of organisations and boroughs represented. 

Will I get a qualification? 
No. The programme is currently not accredited however you will gain a wealth of knowledge and experience through training and mentoring from experts and leaders from across the sector. All participants completing the programme will receive a certificate. 

How often will we be meeting our mentor and will that be within the training hours?
You and your mentor will arrange what works best for you but we would expect that you will speak for up to 1-2 hours per month outside of training programme  

Will trainers and mentors reflect a range of experience and demographics?
Yes, our pool of trainers will be from a diverse range of backgrounds and will understand the contexts you work in. 

What will you be looking for in applicants for shortlisting?
Please check the “Is Rise Up for me?” section in our info pack so see what we are looking for.  

I live outside of London, could I take part?
Unfortunately this opportunity is only available for those working in London. 

Do applicants need to be from organisations that are London Youth members?
No, this is open to youth practitioners working in organisations outside of our membership.

I may have barriers that stop me taking part – is there support available?
Yes. Successful applicants can apply to an access fund for support.  If you think taking part might be a challenge for you please contact us to talk through how we can help. 

Do I have to be employed to apply?
No, we welcome applications from youth practitioners who are self-employedfurloughed, volunteering or unemployed. You will need to have experience of working with young people  

What happens once I finish the programme?
You will become a Rise Up alumni and be able to stay in touch with your new network of fellow Rise Up participants. You will also have the opportunity to apply for an innovation fund for community initiatives. 

Will there be job or volunteering opportunities after I finish the programme?
Not directly, however the programme will enhance your skills and networks to open up future career opportunities.