Online Opportunities For Young People: May 2021 Part Two


Online Opportunities For Young People: May 2021 Part Two

We’ve gathered together all the latest opportunities for young people out there to give you skills, enhance your CV and keep you busy:


New Opportunities for young people: 


In the run up to Radio 1’s Big Weekend, BBC Radio 1 is running a huge range of programmes aimed at providing insight and information on the creative industry. This includes a quiz to find out your skills and strengths and the kind of jobs you’d be really good at, the Life Hacks: Career Toolkit for advice on how to bag your first job or switch up your direction and online advice sessions where you will hear from experts in different creative industries, including music business, music production journalism, podcasting and film & tv, on what working in that industry involves and what it takes to do well.

Social Ark are looking for 18-30 year-olds who want to set up a social enterprise or project. Do you want or know anyone who might want to access a £1,000 grant and a place on the learning programme? Click the link to find out more.

Do you want to have your voice heard? The Children’s Commissioner for England has created a mass survey for 4-17 year olds to tell the government what they need for the future. It only takes 5mins – complete it here.

Are you 16-19 and thinking about the future? Youth Employment UK have a free online work experience programme to help. It’s a great way to explore the world and start thinking about what might suit you. Find out more here.

Youth Employment UK are also running Create Your Future, a series of online skills and careers courses which can help you build confidence in next steps relating to skills, careers and training/education. This campaign aims to provide you with support when you are making choices about next steps in study or work in summer 2021. Find out more here.

The Grit School — School Ground Sounds applications are now open! This is a 7-week music industry and artist development programme running this summer for aspiring creatives aged 16-24 from South London who are not in education, employment or training. You will receive insights into the music industry, build creative and business skills whilst connecting with a network of industry professionals. Deadline: Friday 21 May.

You may not think of yourself as a composer, but if you love to create your own original music, and are bursting with creativity, originality, and potential, then you might just be! The BBC Young Composers Competition 2021 is looking for musically-minded people aged 12-18 of all technical ability, backgrounds, and musical influences. Deadline: Monday 28 June, 5pm. Find out more here.


Credit: Mark Lukas

Credit: Mark Lukas


Old Opportunities for young people still open for application:


Build-a-Bike is a FREE activity we are running with Bikeworks that will teach you everything need to know about cycle maintenance and repairs, plus essential theory and practice required when cycling in urban areas. And all participants will receive a free entry level bike!. Deadline to apply is 5pm, 21st May. Application on this Google Doc.

Are you a young creative who isn’t in education, employment or training and are 19-24? Then Spotlight has the perfect training programme for you! We are partnering with YCUK to run a FREE 6 week training programme that’ll provide you with everything you need to start a career in the creative industry, including film, music, digital media, advertising and communications!  Programme running: 26th April – 31st May. Find out more at our information session Fri 16 Apr 5pm at Lansbury Spotlight. Email us at to register your interest.

The Skills Toolkit | Find a course | National Careers Service are offering you the chance to improve or learn new skills during this third and (hopefully) final lockdown! The National Careers Service has given access to FREE courses to help individuals to learn new skills, such as Practical Maths, Computer Essentials, Coding, and more.

Partnership for Young London are running a survey for young people aged 16-25 living in London to find out how you feel about issues including the pandemic, employment, housing and the media. There are over 50 prizes available, and winners will be announced in April. Complete it here.

Join IGD’s virtual work experience week to gain skills and experience to add to your CV, and expand your network, by interacting with industry professionals. Apply here.

Are you 18-24 and have 12 hours a week to spare? If so then the FastFutures programme is for you (your background and how well you did in school doesn’t matter). This programme is free and will give you a head start in the workplace through mentoring, virtual site visits, team projects and mock interviews. Apply here.

The BFI Future Film Festival – Film Freeway is now open for submissions! Are you 16-25? Do you have a short film in any genre, 10 minutes or under in length. The film needs to have been produced in the last two years and be an interesting and original concept, with good production values and an entertaining subject matter. Selected films will screen at BFI Future Film Festival 2022 and have the chance to win one of our 10 BFI Future Film Festival awards, which include cash prizes, mentoring and kit. Deadline: 6th August. Apply here.

Are you an organisation providing free opportunities for young people who wants to appear on this list? Email us at