The Young People’s Opportunities Board: April 2022


The Young People’s Opportunities Board: April 2022

Hello there everyone! We’re already a third of the way through the year, and now’s a better time than ever to take advantage of the opportunities you come across. That being said, here are a few interesting opportunities for you to look at and possibly apply for.

Good luck!


A New Direction (18+)

STEP is a twelve-month paid traineeship where young East Londoners are matched with committed local businesses to experience an entry-level role and produce a creative project.

Through STEP, you’ll get paid a London Living Wage or above salary over a 12-month training programme to develop a range of skills and creative approaches. Get your foot firmly in the creative industries, grow as part of a like-minded peer network, take part in monthly professional development workshops, and get a budget to boost your portfolio with a collaborative creative project.

We’ll also connect you with a specialist industry mentor, provide careers coaching and continue to offer support as part of our creative community after the programme.

This year we are offering up to 30 placements in sectors including – museums and galleries, theatre and performance, fashion and design, film, TV, radio and broadcasting.

The deadline to apply is May 3rd 2022 – click here to find out more.

The Old Vic (16-25)

Front Line gives 16–25 year olds the opportunity to discover more about careers in theatre and develop key transferable skills through paid placements with our Front of House team.

Participants will watch one of our productions, shadow various members of staff and take on important roles welcoming patrons to our theatre.

Click here to find out more.

ABBA Voyage

Abba are back! ABBA Voyage is a concert like no other, made by one of the greatest bands of all time, at the forefront of creative and technological innovation, wrapped in their timeless music. The brand-new London arena is set to open in May, and they are building a world-class team to help prepare for launch.

ABBA Voyage are looking to fill over 500 vacancies at their new high-tech stadium (Pudding Mill Lane)

CONTRACT TERM: Permanent, Full time, Part time and casual contracts available

SALARY: Up to 40 hours per week on a rota, to include weekends, bank holidays and evenings and occasional late finishes. If the hours worked exceed 6 hours per day a 1 hour unpaid break will be taken during the working day. The role will be subject to a 3-month probationary period. The salary is £ 12.50/hr.

LOCATION: ABBA Voyage Arena; 1 Pudding Mill Lane, Newham, London, E15 2RU

REPORTING TO: Visitor Services Manager

HOURS: Operating from Thursday to Monday, with Tuesday and Wednesday rostered off. Shift patterns Saturday and Sunday – Matinee’s 12.00-17.00, Evenings 17.00-23.00

IDEAL START DATE: 1st May 2022

ABOUT US: Our brand-new London arena is set to open in May, and we are building a world-class team to help us prepare for launch. So, if you are up for working in a busy exciting music Arena and ready for a new adventure, then this could be the perfect opportunity for you!

ROLE OVERVIEW: The purpose of the role is to ensure that every visitor to the Abba Arena has the best possible experience, from meeting and greeting them when they enter, securing their coats and bags, directing them to their seats and around the Arena, providing information about our Concert and services, and to assist them in leaving the Arena safely.


  • Provide a warm visitor welcome, reaching out and engaging with visitors as they arrive and move around the Arena.
  • Provide information and answer questions about Arena facilities, bars, food, cloakroom, toilets and about the Abba Voyage Concert.
  • Greet the visitors on the Concourse or in the Arena, read their Tickets, direct them to their seats and to the Arena facilities.
  • Ensure that you are well presented in uniform, have the equipment you need to deliver excellent visitor services and that your work area is clean and presentable.
  • Work with colleagues to ensure the safety and security of staff and visitors, be a first responder to visitor incidents and confident in emergency evacuation of the Arena. Training will be given.
  • Assist in keeping the Arena, Concourse and public spaces tidy by checking toilets and picking up litter after the Concert and reporting issues to relevant departments for action.

ABOUT YOU: (E) means Essential; (D) means Desirable

You will need to be a confident and outgoing individual who can retain a lot of information, engaging with a wide range of visitors with various needs.

You will need to be flexible and able to respond quickly in a fast changing environment, managing large groups of visitors safely from arrival through departure.


  • Delivering excellent customer service (E)
  • Experience in visitor facing roles in entertainment, hospitality, food & beverage, retail or similar (E)


  • Knowledge of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, transport links and surrounding area (D)
  • Knowledge and appreciation of Abba’s music (D)
  • Knowledge of first aid, health & safety or emergency evacuation (D)


  • Excellent customer service (E)
  • Excellent verbal communication in English (E)
  • Good personal presentation (E)
  • Demonstrable ability to work effectively as part of a team (E)
  • Flexibility and adaptability (E)
  • Ability to respond in an emergency (E)
  • Ability to lift and move equipment e.g. barriers, stand and invigilate your work areas for extended periods (E)

HOW TO APPLY: Please apply with an up-to-date CV and a few paragraphs (no more than 500 words) outlining why the role interests you and what you will bring to ABBA Voyage.

This position is subject to a Basic criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service.


Independent Office for Police Conduct (18+)

The IOPC Aspiring Professionals Programme is offered as a development opportunity for passionate individuals interested in working in the public sector. Successful candidates will be offered the chance to work on equality focused projects, develop workplace skills and gain professional experience. The IOPC is on a journey to develop its culture and perspectives to be more inclusive and represent the communities we serve. This is your opportunity to join the organisation to develop your mindset and approaches and become a visionary leader. Help us contribute to improving the police complaints system in England and Wales. The IOPC is an organisation steeped in history, influenced by significant events such as the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence and the subsequent Sir William Macpherson report which saw our creation. We oversee the police complaints system in England and Wales, setting the standards by which the police should handle complaints and to oversee equity in policing. As a completely independent organisation, we seek to uphold the rights of the public and investigate the most serious matters, including deaths following police contact, to promote learning and influence change in policing.

Click here to find out more and apply.

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