The John Smith Centre Minority Ethnic Emerging Leaders Programme is a professional and personal development opportunity for 50 young people between the ages of 18 – 29 from minority ethnic backgrounds across Scotland.

The first Programme ran between September 2021 and November 2022.

Funded by the Scottish Government, the programme provides young people with a part-time internship for 9 months with a public sector organisation, a voluntary sector organisation or an NGO.

Through the programme, the participants develop of a range of workplace relevant skills and an appreciation for the value of a career in public service.

Participants on the programme receive:

  • A National Living Wage equivalent grant.
  • An allocated mentor.
  • Access to networking and employability opportunities.
  • Membership of the John Smith Centre’s Alumni Network in perpetuity.


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Frequently Asked Questions

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How to write a successful application

How to prepare and what to expect

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The Minority Ethnic Emerging Leaders Programme is generously funded by the Scottish Government.

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