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Lead programme: questions

How many places are there on Lead?

We normally take between 20 and 25 driven individuals to join our leadership programme. Due to the popularity of our programme we encourage applicants to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Is there a deadline for Lead applications?

The official deadline is in June but we will accept applications from November, and continuous recruiting means slots are taken on a first come, first served basis. Therefore we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible so you don’t miss out.

Where is Lead based?

You will join over 250 passionate Christians, who share your heart for the poor, at CAP’s lively head office, Jubilee Mill, in Bradford. Here your time will be spent working as a key member within part of a department of the charity. Once a week you will also take advantage of seminars, coaching and input for the leadership team on development days with others on the Lead programme.

When do interviews take place?

We invite successful applicants to a Lead recruitment day in Bradford, which are held at various times during the year. On this day you will have an interview, participate in a group activity and get to experience our head office with a tour. For more information about upcoming recruitment days and deadlines for applications see

Is Lead voluntary or employed?

On the Lead programme you will be employed by CAP and paid a basic salary for the hours that you work in your department each week. The weekly Lead development day is classed as voluntary as you will receive free top quality teaching and investment from a range of leaders within CAP, including regular input from both the Founder and the CEO of the charity. As someone on Lead you will also be eligible to apply for our discounted accommodation.

What hours do I work and do I get holidays?

The normal hours of Lead are Monday to Friday, 8:45am to 5pm. This includes 28.75 hours of department work and additional Lead training time. There are many other optional things you can choose to get involved with in addition to this – volunteering at CAP training days and supporter events. You will have a mixture of fixed (Christmas and Easter) and flexible holidays throughout the year.

What support do I get for the £3,000 fundraising challenge?

You can raise the £3,000 over the course of the year. At the beginning of Lead we will help you to make a plan for your fundraising and break it down into manageable chunks, which you will be able to achieve. From our experience helping many previous intakes, we are well placed to offer ideas, advice and encouragement.

Is there accommodation available?

Yes. We have several houses a short distance from Jubilee Mill available exclusively to those on the Lead programme for just £240* per month, including bills. Many like to take advantage of sharing with others on the programme in this great value accommodation, but you’re also welcome to make your own accommodation arrangements if you prefer.

What do people go on to do after Lead?

Lead is a springboard that empowers people to go on and succeed in many different spheres. Many have gone on to work for a range of other charities and churches whilst others have started careers in fields such as engineering, law, IT and accountancy. Some have even gone on to gain jobs at CAP, staying with our team longer term.

*Prices are correct as of 2015/16 intake.

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