Kickstart Roles

Work placements at The People’s Orchestra

The People’s Orchestra in West Bromwich has a number of exciting opportunities, across seven different roles, to join their team as part of the Government’s Kickstart Scheme.

You will be working for an arts organisation that is dedicated to using music as a platform to change lives for the better, offering opportunities for everyone to be involved in music-making, from absolute beginners to professionals, and supporting the community by offering work placements and volunteer experiences.

All roles will be online.

Working hours for all roles will be:

  • 25 hours per week
  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9.30am to 5pm (30 minutes lunch break).
  • Friday, 9.30am to 1.30pm.

These times are inclusive of 4 hours minimum back-to-work support per week.

Remember, you must apply through your Job Centre work coach for these roles.

Job Descriptions

Business Administrator

The purpose of this role is to provide general administrative and marketing support on grant funding applications, corporate sponsors and development work.

Key responsibilities include administrative support, maintaining filing systems and databases and ensuring that information such as contact details, funder requirements, agreements and application deadlines are recorded. In addition, the role will also involve resource creation and the planning and scheduling of social media posts to do with TPO’s corporate sponsorship opportunities.

Skills developed include knowledge of office management systems and procedures, maintaining filing systems and databases, verbal and written communications, multi-tasking and time management, attention to detail, organisation knowledge, an overview of charity fundraising, and experience of working in an arts organisation in the charity sector.

Essential skills, experience and qualifications:

We are looking for individuals who are enthusiastic about grant funding and development work and are interested in the charity sector and making a difference. It’s important that you have good organisational, time management and attention to detail skills, with knowledge of Microsoft Office and Excel. You’ll also be a good communicator and have an interest in social media.

Graphic Designer

The purpose of this role is to create engaging visual content for digital and print materials that promote TPO and its programme of concerts, events, outreach work, work placements and volunteering programme.

Key responsibilities include the design and creation of artwork for a wide range of engaging digital communications and print materials. This includes the creation of graphics, infographics, Gifs, videos, marketing campaign visuals, concert programmes, brochures, leaflets, newsletters, advertisements, display banners and signage. The role also provides photographic services as required. An important aspect of the role is to ensure consistent use of design practice and visual language across the organisation and assist with the development and application of TPO’s corporate identity and ensure all marketing materials, branding and signage adhere to this visual identity.

Skills developed include creating visual content for an established brand, using multimedia and digital visualisation tools to tell stories, experience of applying a corporate identity, multi-tasking and time management, attention to detail, organisation knowledge and experience of working in an arts organisation in the charity sector.

Essential skills, experience and qualifications:

We are looking for individuals who are enthusiastic about design and are interested in the charity sector and making a difference. You’ll need to be a good communicator with the ability to create engaging visual content for traditional and digital channels. It’s important that you have good organisational, time management and attention to detail skills, knowledge of Microsoft Office and experience of using graphic design tools that can be found on most people’s mobile devices. A working knowledge of Adobe PhotoShop, Creative Suite, InDesign and Illustrator, photography, film production and editing, and website development skills also welcome. There may be a need for occasional flexible working hours in this role.

Production Assistant (Music, Literature and Training)

The purpose of this role is to provide creative production support for key projects. Projects are varied and include music creation/arranging, creative writing, creating music theory courses and educational outreach work.

Key responsibilities include a variety of tasks related to these specialist projects including project support, resource creation, creation of materials and assisting in creative writing and public engagement. In addition, the role will support communications and involve assisting in the marketing and promotion of projects.

Skills developed include project management, knowledge of office management systems and procedures, verbal and written communications, planning, multi-tasking and time management, attention to detail, organisation knowledge and experience of working in an arts organisation in the charity sector.

Essential skills, experience and qualifications 

We are looking for individuals who are enthusiastic about providing support to help set up new projects and are interested in the charity sector and making a difference.

It’s important that you have good organisational, time management and attention to detail skills, with knowledge of Microsoft Office. You’ll also be a good communicator and have strong written and verbal skills. There may be a need for occasional flexible working hours in this role.

Social Media Assistant

The purpose of this role is to develop engaging and creative content for regularly scheduled posts on the organisation’s social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube as well exploring the use of others such as TikTok.

Key responsibilities include social media messaging and developing digital campaigns to help generate interest in TPO, its music groups, events and projects. As well as planning and scheduling social media content, the role also requires ongoing analysis and evaluation of social media analytics to measure performance and inform the digital strategy.

Skills developed include planning and audience development, optimising content and technology, creative and writing skills, data collection and analysis, keeping up-to-date with the latest digital marketing trends, multi-tasking and time management, attention to detail, organisation knowledge and experience of working in an arts organisation in the charity sector.

Essential skills, experience and qualifications:

We are looking for individuals who are enthusiastic about social media and are interested in the charity sector and making a difference. It’s important that you have good organisational, time management and attention to detail skills, with knowledge of Microsoft Office, social media analytics tools such as Hootsuite and Google Analytics, and ability to take photographs and short videos on mobile devices. You’ll also be a good communicator with lots of creative ideas. There may be a need for occasional flexible working hours in this role.