Programme detail


The City Leadership Programme is a six-month, Bristol-based programme for young people aged 16-19, which starts with a two-week intensive summer course followed by five months of mentoring and opportunity and access to the CLP alumni network.

There is no cost to the nominator or participant to take part in the programme.


Two-week summer course

The two-week intensive summer course (Monday to Friday, 1-12 July 2019) is built around personal development, academic enrichment, networking, exposure and skills-building. It takes place in central Bristol and in 2019 the facilitators will be Dr Simon Newitt and Sherrie Eugene-Hart.

The standard schedule each day during the course is as follows:

1:00-2:30pm - Group coaching session with facilitators and invited guests

3:00-4:30pm - Seminar provided by guest speaker

5:00-6:30pm - Skills-building workshop with guest speaker

7:00-8:30pm - Evening meal with distinguished dinner speaker

At the end of the first week of the course, participants take part in the ‘Dressing the Part’ CLP shopping experience, where they will have the opportunity to purchase a work or interview-appropriate outfit.

The course finishes with the formal ‘Completion Dinner’, where participants present to their fellow participants and dine with key CLP contributors.

Previous CLP speakers have included leaders from education, politics, the creative sector and the business world, such as:

  • Professor Hugh Brady (Vice-Chancellor, University of Bristol)

  • Kerry McCarthy (MP, Bristol East)

  • Alex Raikes (Director, SARI)

  • Norman Pascal (Former Chief Inspector, Avon & Somerset Police)

  • Katherine Bennett (Senior Vice-President, Airbus UK)

  • Miles Chambers (Bristol’s first City Poet).

Five months of mentoring & opportunity

The overarching aim of the City Leadership Programme mentoring scheme is to inspire greater confidence and aspiration in the programme participants.

With the support of professionals (mentors), participants are able to gain better insight into their career interest, further develop their employability skills as well as establish a progression plan, where appropriate.

Participants will be matched with suitable mentors following the July course, with mentoring sessions beginning from September 2019.

Babbasa coordinate and support the mentoring by:

  • Managing enquiries from participants and interested professionals

  • Recruiting suitable mentors and screen all interested mentees and mentors

  • Inducting and train selected mentors and mentees

  • Attending the first meeting for each mentoring match

  • Conducting a phone review after each initial meeting

  • Conducting a face-to-face review after the first two months

  • Undertaking a case study review at the end of the scheme

Alumni network

Once participants have completed the six-month programme, they become part of the CLP Alumni Network and will be invited to an annual alumni dinner during April.

Through the network, participants have the opportunity to connect with previous years’ alumni, the Mayor, facilitators and any of the programme contributors to get advice and share wisdom.

The dinner is an informal opportunity for us to catch up on what participants have been doing since the programme, and consider how we can support them to achieve their ambitions.