Another year, another young people’s opportunities board


Another year, another young people’s opportunities board

We’ve gathered together all the latest opportunities for young people out there to help you pick up a job, gain new skills and enhance your CV.

Happy January! We’ve made it through 2021 and (not to jinx anything) things seem to be looking a little bit brighter.

So, whether you’re a New Year’s resolutions type of person or not – I’ve already failed all of mine, oops –  if your goal this year is to get some more work experience, skills or even a new job, we’ve got your back.

It’s all looking a bit creative this year, with a lot of new opportunities available across music, media, photography and more. And there’s quite a few projects which want to get young people’s voices heard by a wider audience, which is always something we need more more.


Opportunities for young people age 13+:

Couple of big opportunities for music artists from the Spotlight team here:

ONE DAY LEFT to apply for Spotlight Sounds, our new artist development programme funded by Apple! On this programme you’ll end up with

  • A mixed, mastered and released version of your music
  • An established creative network and industry contacts
  • Live performance opportunities to build your following
  • Access to mentors from the Apple Creative Team

Open to all artist and producers age 16-25. Click here to find out more and apply.

And are you a female-identifying music artist looking for a performance opportunity? Audition for our new Music She Makes programme for the chance to perform at Poplar Union’s Women in Focus showcase on 18 March.

Auditions will be running in the Spotlight studio on 25 January from 6-8pm. Turn up with your backing track and drop Leyla a message to let her know you’re coming at Can’t make in-person auditions? Send in a video clip of you performing with your full name, age and contact number to the email address above.

Are you interested in journalism, digital media and storytelling in creative ways? Do you want to make a change in your community while taking the next steps into employment? Join our friends over at Headliners on their new Community Leaders Programme and make a documentary or podcast series on issues affecting young people.

On this programme you will also have the opportunity to be introduced to an exciting group of organisations & creative industry professionals, gain L2 OCN qualifications in a range of topics and receive mentoring in CV writing and preparing for interviews.

This programme is open to to young women and non-binary people age 16-25 living in Tower Hamlets, Hackney or Islington who are not currently in employment or training.

The programme starts on the 21 January so apply soon! Email to find out more or sign up here.

If you are 13-19 and want to grow your signing or songwriting skills, YUAF are running a great looking set of workshops between now and March. Click here to register.

The Old Vic Theatre have opened applications to their Front Line programme, where you’ll get opportunities to work across their Front of House team and learn more about the different careers in theatre. The programme ends with a CV workshops exploring the skills you’ve developed and how you can use them to apply for future roles.

This programme is open to young people age 16-25. Applications close on 30 Jan 2022. Click here to find out more and apply.

Epic global creative magazine GUAP are hiring for a bunch of new positions through the Kickstart Scheme, including:

  • Arts and Culture Creative Assistant
  • Music Creative Assistant
  • Fashion Creative Assistant
  • Social Media Creative Assistant

Applicants must be age 16-25, living in London, in receipt of Universal Credit and not in education or training. Click here to find out more about each role.

Interested in working in the media? Slightly closer to home, Social Streets are advertising for two new positions through the Kickstart scheme.

They’re looking for a Digital Content Marketing Assistant to help grow local publications Roman Road LDN and The Slice magazine and a Brand Ambassador role to work on their membership schemes.

Applicants must be age 16-25, living in London, in receipt of Universal Credit and not in education or training. Click the links above to find out more about the roles and apply.

And Toynbee Hall are hosting a workshop covering how communities of colour can respond to hate crime and violence outside of state structures run by queer abolitionist and anti-border activists of East Asian descent Remember and Resist.

The talk is part of the When We Speak series, an activist course supporting young people to run their own social change projects.

This talk is open to 15-25 year old Black people and People of Colour only. Click here to find out more and book.

Credit: Mark Lukas

Opportunities for young people age 18+:

Are you interested in a career across the creative, cultural and digital industries? Good Growth Hub are running the Creative and Cultural Opportunities Programme, a 3-week programme offering young creatives networking opportunities, workshops, mentoring, trips and portfolio-building exercises to give you the tools to take the next step in your career.

This programme is open to east Londoners age 18-30 who are unemployed, underemployed or not in full time education. Find out more and apply here.

If you’re an artist struggling to find the funds to get your music out into the world, you can apply to the MOBO Help Musicians Fund for financial support of up to £3000 to help you create and release your music. They also facilitate one-to-one advice sessions from professionals in the music industry on topics relevant to your career path.

The fund is open to music artists making Hip Hop, Grime, R&B, Soul, music of African origin, Reggae, Jazz and Gospel.

Find out more and whether you’re eligible to apply here.

Are you a photographer age 18-35 in Tower Hamlets who has something to say about local youth culture? For eight weeks in February and March 2022, Rich Mix are partnering with photographer Simon Wheatley to mentor ten promising local photographers, building up to an exhibition in April.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, 31 Jan 2022. Find out more here.

Another opportunity and The Old Vic – this time for people age 18+. Their Front Line Facilitators programme offers young people hands on experience in creative facilitation training from The Old Vic’s Education & Community team and guest creative practitioners to give you the skills to devise and deliver your own workshops.

No previous experience necessary! Applications close 30 Jan 2022. Find out more and apply here.

Interested in the creative and technology industries? Livity, a creative business helps brands connect with youth culture, are looking for 10 innovative young people to join the next round of their OPEN_ programme. This programme, which lasts 6.5 months, kicks off in February and involves a 2 week training period at Livity and a six month placement at global advertising agency Publicis working in their Data Science and Engineering team.

Participants will be paid £21k per annum. Deadline is 11:59pm on 27 January. Find out more and apply here.


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