A new project has recently taken off in Swindon to help young people boost their confidence and skills in an effort to open up their career options.
The Platform Project is Swindon's latest social enterprise to offer young people insight into starting their own business and experimenting within different fields, so they can open more employability opportunities.
Aimed at young people aged 13 to 25, The Platform Project looks to prioritise young people who may not have excelled within mainstream education and offers them a hands-on approach to learning new skills.
The workshops, which are free to attend, offer a range of tailored 'challenges' including organising events, social media management, fashion design, and video production. The scheme also incorporates professional voices enabling business owners to engage with the project and share insight from within their own field of expertise.
Sadie Sharp, The Platform Projects founder and managing director, said: "The Platform Project was formed to help young people learn how to carve their own way in the world and learn how to work for themselves, which is becoming increasingly important when mainstream education and employment options haven’t enabled people to thrive.
"By getting involved with the activities run by the Platform Project, participants and volunteers can get hands on real experiences, develop life opportunities that didn’t exist before, and get the confidence to realise that they can do things they never imagined."
One attendee of The Platform Project said: "Up until now I didn't know what I wanted to do, but after doing the challenge and learning how to up-cycle my own clothes I now know that I want to do fashion textiles for my options, and maybe even University."
The Platform Project also liaises with schools, training providers and youth development organisations to assist young people who sometimes struggle to engage with full-time school timetables.