SWINDON ENTREPRENEUR AND CHARITY FOUNDER JOINS SOCIAL ENTERPRISE SUPPORTING YOUNG PEOPLE
Fiona Simpson Joins Platform Project
Charity founder, Fiona Simpson, couldn’t be more thrilled to have joined the Swindon-based social enterprise The Platform Project. She’ll be support young people aged 13-21 to find work or take their next steps in life.
Fiona joined The Platform Project recently as a youth development manager on a part-time basis thanks to several new funding grants. Fiona has worked with young people in various roles, including co-founding a charitable foundation in 2016.
She explained: ‘I’m so fortunate to get the offer of a role working with Sadie at The Platform Project. It allows me the opportunity to share my passion for making a difference to the lives of young people. I’m so inspired by what The Platform Project has achieved so far.’
About Fiona’s new role
Fiona’s new role will help with the overall development of the internship programme. That’s where young people aged 16-21 attend the projects “training workplace” to do developmental work-experience.
The interns rotate around different roles and projects. They include a youth magazine, a digital media marketing agency, and even a self-employment project. They develop skills including:
- Using Microsoft Teams
- Pitching and presenting
- Social media management
- Website design
- Client liaison
- Time and project management all whilst working alongside industry professionals from partner organisations.
The practical, hands-on experiences help build CVs and employability skills. It also offers the opportunity for the interns to try out different career roles before they’re paired up with a mentor to help broker their next steps on the career ladder. This could include moving into work or even setting up their own business.
Fiona said: ‘Almost 90% of the students on the internship programme go straight into employment or further education. That happens because the range of experiences on offer focuses on getting them work ready.
‘But, if they don’t get employment at once, they ‘ll get further mentoring support. That support will guide them into an employment placement. And they all have the ability to earn their own self-employed income as well. Our programme aims to produce professionals who are as pandemic-proof as possible!’
Sadie Sharp and the Platform Project
Sadie Sharp, founder and managing director of The Platform Project said:
‘We’ve grown so fast since we launched. We’ve only been able to achieve that growth because we’ve had the right people working with us. The scale of the issues for young people around employability and creating opportunities has never been greater after Covid19. And we are keen, with Fiona’s appointment, to take our youth enterprise projects to more schools to help tackle the challenges presented by the pandemic.’
To find out more about The Platform Project internships, or to become an employer partners, visit: www.PlatformProject.co.uk
Or email them on info@PlatformProject.co.uk.