Work placement opportunities are now availabe

The People’s Orchestra is delighted to be offering 58 paid work placements over the next 12 months thanks to the Government’s Kickstart scheme.

A series of six-month work placements are being offered across all parts of the organisation. Participants will also benefit from mentoring and employability training.

The four work placement roles are:

1. Production Assistant (Music, Literature and Training)

2. Business Administrator

3. Graphic Designer

4. Social Media Assistant


To access these jobs, speak to your job centre coach. 

What is Kickstart?

Kickstart is a £2 billion initiative launched by the Government as part of its COVID-recovery plan.


The scheme was launched in September 2020 and its aim is to help put young people, who have been some of the hardest hit by the economic impact of the pandemic, on the first rung of their career ladder by providing six-month work placements.


The six-month placements provide applicants with an exciting opportunity to gain real-world work experience, learn new skills and make a difference to people’s lives.

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How to apply


To apply, you need to be:

    - 16 to 24 years old

    - Claiming Universal Credit

Applicants must be referred via their Job Centre Work Coach. If you are interested in one of our placements, please contact your work coach at the Job Centre for more information.

Important Dates


There will be three cohorts of work placements, starting in:

    - March/April 2021

    - June 2021

    - October 2021

The closing date for the June starting date is Monday 14th June 2021.

All Kickstart roles at The People’s Orchestra will be online.

What we say...

“I’m delighted we have secured Kickstart funding to help young people develop the skills and gain the experience they need to help secure long-term employment.

“Providing this type of support is not new to us. As well as being one of the leading amateur orchestras in the country, The People’s Orchestra has a history of offering work placements and volunteer experiences.

“Since 2013, we’ve helped over 1,000 unemployed people back into work through our award-winning programme of work experience placements, education programmes and community outreach work.” - Sarah Marshall, CEO of The People’s Orchestra.