Our Programme

What makes us different?

Black Valley works by pairing mentees with mentors who have had similar experiences of where that particular mentee aspires to be. The mentor will work with their mentee on a one-2-one basis via weekly calls tackling the topics and areas where the mentee requires support.

The mentoring programme also includes small group training and skills sessions provided by the programmes expert network of mentors and access to its wider online community for more advice and specialist areas of expertise.

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Why Black Valley?

Black Valley runs an eight week structured programme designed and developed with HR professionals.

Week 1

Introduction

Weeks 2 &3

Technical Weeks

Week 4

Industry Visibility

Weeks 5, 6 & 7

Practical Weeks

Week 8

Reflection & Conversation

Week One

Introduction
Mentors and mentees get to know each other and understand the mentee's goals.

Week Two & Three

Our technical weeks
Mentors help their mentees level up on their industry knowledge and technical skills

Week Four

Industry Visibility
Mentors support their mentees to be more visible in the industry and present them with new opportunities.

Week Five, Six & Seven

Practical weeks
Mentors support their mentees to develop their own impressive portfolio or business idea. This could include working on live projects.

Week Eight

Reflection and Conversations
Black Valley community celebrate at our graduation event, along with some special guests.

Thanks to our partners and sponsors

The Black Valley Programme is made possible thanks to our Partners and Sponsors

The Black Valley guided 8-week programme covers four key development areas:

Mentoring

mentees will have weekly one hour sessions with their designated mentor. 

Tech industry knowledge

each mentor will share their knowledge about how the industry works, providing invaluable insight for each mentee.

Tech skills

as well as access to Black Valley’s own bespoke small group training sessions, each mentee will be signposted to courses and pathways that will help them develop their technical skills. 

Tech network access

Each mentee will have access to Black Valley’s wider network of 130+ mentors and will be able to connect and access their networks and leverage their expertise on particular areas of the tech sector. 

Our Programme

The programme runs quarterly, with four cohorts delivered each year.

January

37 Graduates!

April

In progress

July

Applications open in May!

October

Applications open in August.

+1600

People in our Community

+250

Mentors & Mentees on slack

+760

Mentoring hours delivered

+140

Active mentors

Be a part of a community who's mentors have worked at some of these great companies

Be part of the solution

  • Stay on top of your game by teaching someone else.
  • Increase diversity in tech by supporting black talent.
  • Connect to a vibrant inclusive community.
  • Be surrounded by diversity of thought.
  • Network with industry experts.
  • Make a difference, be the solution!
Become a mentor Today!

Learn from the best

  • Join a global Slack community w/ access to our mentors.
  • Break into tech and progress your career.
  • Founders gain direction and support for your business.
  • Access job opportunities on the Community Job board.
  • Get clarity on your career and next steps.
  • Graduates will receive certification.
SIgn up for the july cohort

I feel privileged to mentor the next generation of product managers through Black Valley. The community is full of supportive, talented people, and I’m excited to see that the future of tech is bright and diverse!

julia godinho

Product Manager, Moonpig

I have seen first hand the Black Valley community growing from strength to strength. Each cohort has seen many individuals become a better version of themselves with guidance from the mentors in the tech community.

Gavin Kimpson

Full Stack Developer, CrownControlHQ

I've enjoyed watching the Black Valley mentee cohorts grow and gain self confidence to get out there and start a new career. It feels great to pay it forward for the next generation of tech super stars!

Jeremy Miller

Experience Architect, GE Aviation

The greatest thing about being a mentor is not just that you help people grow, but you also learn so much from your mentee.

NEIL PLEASANTS

Product Director, Dixons Carphone

The Black Valley programme provided me with an incredible mentorship experience, where I gained unique insights and practical advice that has been invaluable to me as a first-time founder embarking on the startup journey.

Daniaal Awais-Dean

Mentee, September 2020 Cohort

My time at Black Valley showed me that there is knowledge that can only be gained through experience. Working with my mentor allowed me to learn from the wisdom and experience of someone in my field and the programme has allowed me to network with a wide range of professionals.

CHENIECE Manning

Mentee, September 2020 Cohort