The Platform Project is extending its support to young people who are struggling to find work or are disadvantaged by their circumstances.
The project is an
enterprise business that supports people aged 13 to 21 by providing hands-on, practical
work experience and training.
Based in Swindon, the initiative
has received additional funding to help more people as the country begins to feel
the full effects of the pandemic.
There are concerns that a ‘Covid-generation’
of young people will see high rates of youth unemployment which are predicted
to exceed the levels seen in the early 1980s (Guardian Oct ’20).
The additional funding
support for The Platform Project has enabled it to expand to support an
additional 100 young people.
Founder, Sadie Sharp, said,
“We have secured funding to offer more support during this time and we have
also been able to reach out to schools to support them too. Some young people
are already disadvantaged because they have not performed well in mainstream
education, or their social circumstances have not allowed them to thrive when
it comes to career choices, and now their options are even more limited.
“With the devastating effect
of the pandemic these young people are finding it even harder to transition
into work and take their next steps in life, which can have a much longer
lasting impact on mental health and future unemployment challenges. We are
trying to scale-up as fast as possible to make sure we can do our bit to
address the increasing need.”
As part of its expansion,
the project will soon launch a recruitment drive for Kickstarter roles for
young people aged 16-24. The six-month placements will give candidates the
opportunity to gain experience in areas including administration, IT,
marketing, sales, youth work and videography.
Sadie added, “This growth
has enabled the project to expand our innovative youth enterprise model to
offer more young people places on our internship programme.
“Young people aged 16-21
can do up to six months voluntary work experience within the project, rotating
around different roles including a youth magazine and a digital media marketing
agency. The practical, hands-on experiences help to build CVs and employability
skills whilst providing candidates with the opportunity to try out different
career roles, before being paired up with a mentor to help with their next
To fund this activity, the
project has been given support from the National Lottery, Children In Need, the
Wiltshire Community Foundation, the Social Enterprise Support Fund and the John
Lewis Partnership amongst others.
To find out more, visit The Platform Project’s website or email info@PlatformProject.co.uk