Peabody: Helping young people find a career where they excel

Harry ClucasCommunity and Mobilisation, Peabody. 

Our focus is to help young people find a career where they excel. We offer this through a range of mediums such as in-house kickstart placements, funding and training to develop their own social action project, high-level industry insights, information, advice and guidance to find high-quality job opportunities. 

Through all of our programmes, we have designed them with the view that each person can realise their potential. Ensuring young people have space to develop their skills and aspirations, then reap the rewards in their chosen careers. 

Youth social action 

As part of our youth social action programme we provide young people with training to develop their skills, strategic understanding and provide grants, so young people can explore their experiences and design and implement solutions.  

One example of our social action programme includes a project run by two young people who were developing their own business. They applied for one of our funds to develop their project as part of their business launch.  

This project was aimed at supporting young adults online over 4 weeks (aged 18-30) to explore how their current hobbies, passions, interests, and skills can be turned into a Side Hustle. Key topics to think about when starting a Side Hustle were introduced and explored, including hearing from guest speakers who are successful side hustlers/business owners. 

The Young Leaders themselves gained experience designing and delivering a programme whilst also providing a space for other young people to be creative and learn how to start their own side hustle. 

Young people can join our Young Ambassadors programme, which aims to support young people to become leaders within their community. This consists of masterclasses to achieve a level 2 (GCSE level) qualification to enhance skills in public speaking, communication, negotiation, participation and representing others. The course explores design as a practical form of leadership and delivers workshops to encourage young people to consider and respond to challenges within their communities. 

We also pay young people to support the design of our programmes that benefit them and ensure it meets the needs of their communities. 

Employment and training 

If you're looking for employment, training, apprenticeships, kickstart placements or support to start or grow a business in London our qualified professionals can offer you free information, advice and guidance in your search or your preparations for working life. We work closely with a range of employers and local partners to access a range of job vacancies and wider economic opportunities. We support participants to upskill in growth sectors and provide them with opportunities that employers feed into ensuring the training meets the needs of employers recruiting. 

We provide help with writing CV’s and cover letters, completing application forms and personal statements, interview preparation, training and careers guidance. This is delivered by our team of experienced and friendly advisors who provide personal 1-2-1 assistance that is free to all. 

Kickstart placements 

Peabody is also delivering a number of Kickstart placements. The Kickstart project is aimed at young people between the age of 16 and 24 who are currently on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment. The goal of the project is to offer young people the opportunity to gain invaluable work experience to help them in their career journey. Peabody has committed to delivering x29 roles at London Living Wage in various teams across the business.  

“Hot Topics” and industry insights 

Supporting people to access high-value opportunities is a key priority for us and we aim to provide people with a job, a better job and a career so we work with those currently in and out of employment providing flexible opportunities to engage with us. We also deliver the Peabody “Hot Topics”, these are free and open to everyone, online sessions will give attendees useful insights on emerging careers, growth sectors, how to access these pathways and so much more. 

Future planned Hot Topics will be focused on the following themes.  

  • Green Sector / Sustainability
  • Digital Entertainment
  • Construction
  • Cyber Security
  • Logistics
  • Software Development
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Money Management
  • Human Health
  • Creative Industries  

Jobs fair 

We have commenced the planning of our next jobs fair. As last year’s online fair gauged a high level of participation and satisfaction, we will continue to deliver the event online, to ensure safety while in-person events still face uncertainty due to COVID. This year the event will be delivered over two days, Wednesday the 3rd and Thursday the 4th of November, and will feature a rich series of industry webinars from a range of employers (with live vacancies available) and workshops on employability skills and we will focus primarily on growth sectors and STEM fields. 

You can access any of our support services over the phone or online. For more information please contact our matrix accredited Employment and Training team at and someone will get back to you. To access our latest jobs, training and opportunities bulletin please sign up here

Why we are supporting the CIPD’s One Million Chances campaign  

Our vision at Peabody is to make our Young Londoners happier, healthier and wealthier. Our strategy to realise this is to boost incomes and develop the skills and aspirations of everybody we work with. We want to support the One Million Chances campaign to expand our impact and contribute to the opportunities that young people have access to. 

We offer apprenticeships to new and existing members of staff.  They are a great way to get qualified, build knowledge and skills whilst gaining valuable work experience.  There is such a wide array of subjects on offer and our Apprentices have benefitted from studying a range of topics including Adult Care Worker, Business Administration, Accounting, Project Management and Surveying. 

Apprenticeships have the added bonus of including Functional Skills to contextualise Maths and English content to help learners apply these skills in real-life work settings for anyone who do not hold a GSCE or equivalent qualification in English or Maths. 

We are currently working on sharing our Apprenticeship Levy with smaller, local companies to allow them access to Apprenticeship qualifications and development for their staff. 


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