Work with us

This is an exciting time to work with us. Our charity is transforming, and we need focused, talented people to help us fulfill our potential. You will have a real chance to change lives for the better all over the country. And in return, we can help you achieve more too.

What we look for

All the amazing things we do – and want to do – are only possible thanks to the revenue from our commercial operations. The more successful they are, the more lives we can change. So all our employees have a crucial part to play.

We welcome anyone who fits our values – whatever their gender, race, age, sexuality or disability – and look for employees who can bring real energy and commitment to their role. 

Employee benefits

As a charity we work hard to help people live happier, healthier, more fulfilled lives – and that includes our staff too. As well as supporting employees in their career development, we also offer a range of benefits.

  • YMCA Club membership
  • Competitive holiday pay
  • Pension scheme
  • Life insurance
  • Flexible working within the day
  • Family friendly working culture

You can find our full list of benefits here.

Diversity, equality and inclusion

We pride ourselves on being a diverse and inclusive organisation - from the clients we work with all the way through to the people we employ. In our long history we have being at the forefront of breaking down barriers. By 1848 all our services including libraries, lectures and leisure facilities were open to any denomination (or non-denomination). This made us the first to embrace the Jewish community, who were excluded across London. In 1933 the League of Coloured Gentlemen was established at Central YMCA and in 1997 we set up the UK’s first HIV positive health group. We have worked through our awarding organisation to amend assessment criteria, and amended our training delivery to allow disabled people access to vocational training.

Central YMCA is committed to championing equality, diversity and inclusion in all its employment practices and activities.For those who would like to work with us and for us, Central YMCA welcomes expressions of interest from all sections of society. We aim to appoint individuals based solely on their applicable skills, knowledge, experience and attitudes.

In the spirit of prevailing legislation, regulations and codes of practice, Central YMCA will not unlawfully, unfairly or unreasonably discriminate or treat any individual less favourably on the grounds of sex, marital status, race, disability, colour, age, sexual orientation, nationality or ethnic national origin.  Rather, we believe that our Charity is greatly enhanced by the varied backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and cultures represented within our team.

Read our diversity, equality and inclusion policy here.

Safer Recruitment

Central YMCA adopts a culture of vigilance in relation to its employees, stakeholders and the communities we engage with.  We seek to identify and protect children, young people and vulnerable adults who may be in need or at risk of suffering significant harm. Further, preventing people from being drawn into terrorism, extremism and radicalised ideology has never been more important than it is today.  As a provider of education and training programs, particularly for young people, Central YMCA takes our responsibility extremely seriously. 

As a result, Central YMCA follows safer recruitment best practice.  For any individual who will be working or volunteering for us, or contracting with us, all recruitment and engagement processes will include commensurate pre-employment checks (including an appropriate level of disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service).

We ensure that all subcontractors and agencies are also appropriately vetted.

London Living Wage

The London Living Wage is a voluntary hourly rate set independently and updated annually, and which is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK. The current rate is £9.75 per hour.

The Living Wage Foundation believes that work should be the surest way out of poverty. We recognise that whilst work may well be the surest way out of poverty, there is also an inextricable link between earnings and wellbeing.  As the original authors of the mind - body - spirit connection, we’re experts in this area. We appreciate that individuals who are best able to provide for themselves and their families are better positioned to lead happy, healthy and more fulfilled lives. Of course, this is great for them – but it’s also great for their families, it’s great for their employers, and it’s great for society as a whole. This is why we're delighted to guarantee to paying at or above the London Living Wage, even for employees based outside of London.

We're proud to demonstrate our commitment to our people and leading from the front is how we start changing lives.

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