Jack Petchey Foundation double commitment to internship programme

THE Jack Petchey Foundation has doubled its commitment to its internship programme in 2021 to support 40 year-long paid internships in the youth sector across London and Essex. The programme is now open for youth organisations working with young people in London and/or Essex to apply for funds to create an internship. Organisations should apply before January 15th via the Foundation’s website. We are particularly interested in receiving more applications from Essex-based youth organisations.

The programme has been expanded in light of the Jack Petchey Foundation’s recent Shaping Our Future survey of over 6,000 young people from London and Essex, which found that over half of young people want more opportunities for work experience, paid internships, training and career advice.

The 2021 Jack Petchey Internship programme will fund 40 placements across 40 dynamic youth organisations in London and Essex. Each placement consists of a one-year funded role paid at the Real Living Wage as well as a programme of training, mentoring and an additional £1,000 personal training bursary to help each young person develop the skills they need to succeed.

The programme has been running for three years, building on an earlier partnership with the Rank Foundation’s internship programme. It has grown ever since.

The 2019/2020 cohort included placements in youth organisations focusing on the arts, education, employment, media and much more. Of the interns that completed the programme, 80% have already gone on to secure employment with their internship hosts, other organisations or have continued on to further education.

The programme is now open for applications from small to medium size youth organisations working with young people in London and/or Essex. Organisations interested should have an income between £150,000 and £5m and be able to support an internship for a young person for a year starting April 2021. Any youth organisations interested should read the full information on our website and complete our application form by Friday 15th January.

Trudy Kilcullen, Chief Executive of the Jack Petchey Foundation, said: “We hope that this expansion of the Jack Petchey Internship Programme will help more young people get a flying start to their careers in youth charities while also enabling the charities themselves to create more opportunities and reach more young people.”

Georgia Gill, 2019-2020 Jack Petchey Intern for Immediate Theatre, said: “This internship is an invaluable experience for young people like myself trying to take the first steps in their career. I have learnt so much during this year and the opportunities to come together with other interns going through the same experience were a real highlight…Would recommend it to anyone!”

Viki Hayden Ward, Head of Fundraising at the British Youth Council, said: “The Jack Petchey Internship Scheme was enormously valuable to the British Youth Council. The support of the Jack Petchey Foundation allowed us to expand our fundraising team which otherwise would not have been possible. Our Intern, Molly, added so much energy and enthusiasm to the team, gained so much training and experience due to the wonderful training bursary available and really supported the British Youth Council to raise vital funds for young people. The scheme was a great experience and I would highly recommend applying to be part of it!”

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