GMCA Civic Leadership Programme FAQs


What will I learn?

  • You will learn how each area of public life works. Candidates can choose to focus on the fields of education, policing, criminal justice, healthcare, the voluntary sectory and local government.
  • You will learn the roles and responsibilities of being a public appointee. These roles focus specifically on: being a councillor, a magistrate, a safer neighbourhood panel member, a school govenor, a Health Board member within the Greater Manchester NHS Partnership, and a trustee.
  • You will learn the process and procedures of each area of public life with a view to taking leadership yourself.
  • You will also consider the benefit to the Greater Manchester community of each area of public life.
  • Lastly, you will learn how public appointments are made - (with any luck, you’ll find out firsthand yourself when you land a leadership role in the future!)

Am i eligible for the programme?

Candidates must be:

  • 18 or over

  • Live or work within the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (which means yo university and higher education students are also eligible). The Greater Manchester Combined Authority includes those residing in any of the 10 local councils of Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.

  • Candidates will be selected from communities facing racial inequality. This includes but is not limited to: Bangladeshi, Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Nepalese, Black African, Black Caribbean, Arab, Somali, Gypsy, Roma and Irish Traveller groups. If you wish to enquire as to whether you are eligible, please contact

Is there a fee?

You will be charged no fee for participating in the programme. OBV are keen to promote the benefits of engagement in civic/political life.

Where can I apply?

Click the link here to download your application pack and get started!

When is the deadline?

The deadline is midnight on 27th February, 2022.