Gear Up

Internships with world-changing organisations

The Gear Up programme ran from September 2010-March 2011, helping to connect unemployed young people aged 18-19 with meaningful work experience in environmental organisations, where they were given the opportunity to take on a leadership role.

In total, we helped 17 young people find internships at Bikeworks, Hackney City Farm, the Arcola Theatre, Green Works recycled furniture, Pants to Poverty and Otesha. This far exceeded the 10 originally planned, showing the scale of demand for this kind of opportunity.

Gear Up members also accessed training, skills development and mentorship opportunities, including CV clinics, workplace readiness learning, money management training, cycle with confidence sessions, bike mechanics training, and visits to inspiring local projects.

What happened next

Thirteen of the participants successfully completed the programme. Six months later, all 13 reported gaining skills that would help them later in life. Three were employed, five had gone into further education or training, one was doing an apprenticeship, and two had completed a carpentry training course. SeveralĀ  gained formal accreditations, including City & Guilds Bike Mechanics Level 1, AQA unit awards in money management and Bikeability training. All reported knowing more about environmental career options.

In their own words – read the Gear Up stories

Jack’s story

Shenol’s story

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