The Young People’s Opportunities Board: November Part Two


The Young People’s Opportunities Board: November Part Two

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.


Hope you’re all doing well out there as we start to edge closer and closer to the end of 2021 (how is that even a thing).

While it’s pretty common for jobs ads to slow down a bit during the winter, right now there still seems a lot of opportunities out there if you’re looking for work, training or skills development. And we’re even hiring!

Also – although it’s easier said than done – make sure you’re taking time to have proper breaks. It’s been a long year and you definitely deserve it.

Enjoy the list below!


Opportunities for young people age 11+:

First off, an opportunity close to home!

Want to kickstart your creative career and develop key professional skills in a supportive environment? At Spotlight we’ve got 10 (!) roles open for young people in partnership with Leaders in Community.

These jobs are available through the government’s Kickstart scheme. Applicants must be claiming Universal credit and, because of the age rane we work with, be age 20-24.

Roles we have available are:
1x Youth Volunteering and Empowerment Trainee
5x Creative Youth Worker
2x Event Technician
2x Communications Trainee

Deadline to apply is 8th December at 11:59pm. Click here to find out more and apply.

Are you aged 16-21 and interested in learning new skills? Bromley By Bow Centre‘s Outdoor Gym Community Activator Training Programme is for young people who want to become more active within the community and increase their access to volunteer opportunities and employment. This free accredited training programme includes Active IQ Level 2 Community Activator training and employability skills.

Visit their website to find out more.

Still open for application! Creative Mentor Network are matching young creatives from low socio-economic backgrounds with professional mentors on a 16-week mentoring programme. Mentors ranging from Creative Directors to Senior Strategists will support your journey and help you learn more about the industry.

Applications close 9am Monday 13 December. Click here to find out more and apply.

16-18 and want to become a local young climate leader? Leaders in Community are pioneering a new climate-focused youth programme BE.GREEN, which will support you to understand climate change and the key principles for creating positive action.

Applications for their January 2022 cohort are now open! Visit their website for more details and express your interest if you want to take part.

Apply before 19 December 2021. Any questions? Email Sergei Wiking on 

This is pretty exciting – The National Theatre have a FREE training programme for young technicians age 14-18.

This course will introduce you to the basics of technical theatre, including lighting, sound and video, and help you learn all about a variety of backstage and off-stage roles from top industry professionals.

Deadline to apply is Sunday 5 December. Click here to find out more.

Have you been working on some new tunes that are primed for radio play? Studio is on the lookout for fresh music to play on their regular Reprezent Radio slot. You can submit your track on their website and the best entries each month will get a spin.

Find out more and apply here – Note! Tracks must be mixed and mastered.

Whitechapel Gallery are looking for new members age 15-24 to be of their youth collective! As part of this group you’ll get to work alongside artists, creative professionals and other young people on creative projects, get behind the scenes insight, and learn about diverse careers in the arts.

They’re especially looking for young people living in East London and from backgrounds currently underrepresented in the arts.

Head along to their taster evening on 19 January to find out more.

Still open! 16-24 and want to take your first steps into the creative industry? Create Jobs still has a HUGE list of career opportunities across the creative sector through the Kickstart scheme, from social media to brand design. Find out more here.

And Creative Access, who support talented people from groups that are under-represented in terms of ethnicity, socio-economic background and disability, also have a massive list of amazing Kickstarter opportunities – have a browse here.

Age 16-21 with an interest in theatre! Apply now for Young Pleasance Edinburgh Fringe Residential 2022.

Every year Pleasance Theatre creates a company of young aspiring creatives (performers and backstage crew) to create a dynamic and original show with high production values which runs for two weeks at the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Applications close Sunday 19 December. Workshop auditions will be held at Pleasance, Islington on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 January 2022. Find out more here.

The Skills Toolkit | Find a course | National Careers Service are offering you the chance to improve or learn new skills. 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.

Reed online courses – including Food and Hygiene, Excel and HTML5 – which usually cost around £1000 are all reduced to £10 at the moment as part of a government upskilling scheme. Find the full list of courses here



Opportunities for young people age 18+:

Are you 18-25 and interested in learning how to produce live creative events? Continental Drifts and Rich Mix are collaborating to bring you the Festival Lab programme, which aims to support the next generation of event producers in developing your skills through a mix of talks from industry specialists, workshops and hands on experience.

Find out more here. Applications close on 8th December 2021.

The Mousetrap Mentoring Programme has two places open to help under-represented young people get into a career as an Arts Practitioner.  The programme will connect young mentees with experienced Creative Practitioners, and provide them with both one-to-one guidance and practical experience to help build your confidence, resilience and skills.

Applicants must be 18-25 and not currently in full time education.

Deadline to apply is Wednesday 1 December at 5pm. Find out more here.

Another opportunity from the Whitechapel Gallery– this time for creatives age 21-28. Their upcoming event Young Creatives Night is a chance for you to connect with other early career artists, young people pursuing creative roles, or those interested in contemporary art.

The event starts at 6:30pm Thursday 9 December. Click here to register for your free ticket.

Ever wanted to get into politics? Patchwork Foundation Masterclasses may be for you.

This programme provides young individuals with the opportunity to hone and develop their political knowledge and skills, whilst learning from experts within the political sector.

Join them for a 10-month programme to hone and develop your political knowledge and skills whilst learning from experts within the political sector.

Deadline to apply: 12pm Monday 29th November 2021. Find out more and apply here.


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