Brixton-based children’s charity Kids’ City has launched ‘Interjunction’ a project which helps unemployed young people to start work.
The project, funded by JP Morgan, has linked up with Brixton Blog and over 30 local organisations in Lambeth to offer unpaid work placements for people between 16 and 25 year old who are currently not in education, employment or training.
Project manager, Tess Taylor, said: “The project is about providing young people with the opportunity to get real experience on their CV in an area that they enjoy.
“We’re here to help them escape the Catch 22 of not having relevant experience and therefore being less likely to be considered for job roles.”
‘Interjunction’ has set out to cater for every passion or ambition. There are opportunities in journalism, horticulture, marketing, carpentry, event management, playwork, design, radio presenting and much more
Businesses, charities and social enterprises and organizations across Lambeth – such as Music4Children, Brixton Blog, FEAST West Norwood, Vision Newspaper, Brixton Market, Portico Gallery and The Healthy Living Club – have joined the project.
Gemma, 22, who was unemployed when she first heard about the project, said: “I started my placement at Interjunction and volunteer 2 days a week within the team as an assistant administrator.
“This led to me being offered 3 days a week of paid work as a communications assistant.
“Before I began volunteering, my email inbox was full of job application rejections so this offer has really helped build my motivation and confidence.”
Further information on the scheme available here.