Operation Black Vote & Birmingham City Council Civic Leadership Programme 2020

Introduction: Birmingham’s Civic Leaders

Operation Black Vote in partnership with Birmingham Council is delighted to launch a unique Civic Leadership Programme to nurture Birmingham’s future leaders. The aim of the project is to address the deficit of Black and minority ethnic individuals (BME) in all areas and at levels of civic and public life.

Building upon the unprecedented success of Operation Black Vote’s award winning Shadowing Schemes – MP, Magistrates, Councillor, National Assembly for Wales and Parole Board – this project aims to help tackle the under representation of BME individuals in many areas of civic and public life and also demystify the functions of key public institutions.

Programme aims and objectives

  • To gain invaluable experience of life as a Public Appointee
  • To give participants the opportunity to explore their chosen areas of public life
  • To obtain a variety of transferable skills and the confidence to use those skills to consider become a civic leader
  • To equip participants with both the knowledge and the confidence to speak to others about civic engagement, and how they may get involved
  • To improve the representation of BME communities in areas of public life throughout Birmingham
  • To give Public Appointees the opportunity to gain greater understanding of different aspects of the diverse communities they seek to serve.

Who is eligible?
We are looking for 15 dynamic BME individuals aged 18 years upwards who live or work in Birmingham with a keen interest in positively contributing to their community.

Download a pdf with more information about the programme

What is the next step?

If you are interested in becoming a future civic leader of Birmingham, complete the application form and return it to OBV by midnight on Sunday 1st March 2020.

Applications can be obtained by:
Tel: 0208 983 5430

Please note that interviews will take place in Birmingham on Tuesday 31st March and Wednesday 1st April 2020. Candidates will only be required to attend one of the interview dates.


Location: Birmingham Posted: 13 February Closing date: Midnight Sunday 1st March Email: Website: