TEENAGE INTERN URGES OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE TO EMBRACE WORKING WITH THE PLATFORM PROJECT

Platform Project Teenage Intern Success
Teenage film maker Reuben Bell is urging other young people struggling with their careers to consider an internship to build confidence and experience.

The 19-year-old from Highworth, has completed a six-month internship with the Swindon-based social enterprise The Platform Project. The project helps 16 to 24 year olds become ‘employer ready’.

Reuben Bell - Platform Project Teenage Intern Success
Reuben Bell

Fantastic experience

Said Reuben: ‘It’s been a fantastic experience and I’ve not regretted a moment. It’s been a tough couple of years for me and many others. I gained a media production qualification and then we went into lockdown. There have been no opportunities for me to build up credible experience.

I tried to start building my skills yet felt lost and it can sap your confidence. With The Platform Project I’ve been filming for them including a charity event. I’ve made a film for Wiltshire Community Foundation, made my own showreel, built my website and improved my CV. As a result my confidence has grown.’

Reuben, a former student at Highworth Warneford School, has done all this while working part-time.

Sadie Sharp, founder of The Platform Project, said: ‘Reuben has been such an asset to our team. As well as gaining skills and building his own confidence, he’s learned to network with business owners. In all this he’s gained an understanding of how he can move forward with his life.’

Hopes for the future

Reuben is now hoping to move into film and tv production. Thus he’s applied for various apprenticeships including one with the BBC.

About the Platform Project

The Platform Project, now in its fourth year, is a social enterprise that helps prepare young people for the work environment and take their next steps into a career. 89% of the young people they work with move on into paid work, further education, or self-employment.

Any young person looking for help in launching their career or taking their next steps can contact The Platform Project on internships@platformproject.co.uk to find out about how their programme can help.

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