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Manchester-based street children charity offer opportunity to young interns

A Christian-based south Manchester charity is giving back to the communities that support it ...

A Christian-based south Manchester charity is giving back to the communities that support it by launching a programme aimed at developing the skills of unemployed young people from across the area.

Retrak, a local charity based in Cheadle Hulme, known locally for working with street children in Africa, has recently launched an internship programme aimed at supporting young people to start their careers in the region.  

Retrak wanted to give up to 12 young jobseekers a year the opportunity to learn new skills and start building a CV. Ann Start, Retrak’s Learning & Development Director said: “We draw so much of our support from the people of Manchester and it is really sad to see the difficulties young people in the city are facing trying to get jobs in the region. We hope that this initiative can give back to the local community so our children aren’t forced to move away from the north-west to find work.”   

The organization already has its first interns from Didsbury, Salford and Bramall who, as well as gaining experience of working in an office environment, are gaining an insight into different aspects of running a successful local charity. The young graduates take on roles and responsibilities ranging from fundraising, organizing events, online marketing and communication, policy and advocacy and submitting grant applications.
 
Priyanka Zacharias, one of the interns at Retrak, describes her experience: “Interning here is giving me excellent insight and experience into the everyday running of a charity office. Retrak’s staff are lovely and always willing to help. They treat interns with respect; and they are particular about the interns’ learning needs so that they can leave from their internship having learnt news skills and new professional knowledge about the field that they are working in.

"There are so few jobs available for young people in Manchester and those that are usually want experience which is a catch-22. I am really fortunate to have had this opportunity to gain that experience at Retrak.”

Priyanka recently graduated from an MA in International Development at the University of Manchester and is planning a career within the field of International Development, in particular in child protection.
 
Another recent graduate from the University of Manchester, Charlotte Taylor from Didsbury, said that she heard about Retrak when a member of the staff visited the University to talk about the organization and advise students on career prospects in international development.

“Hearing from Retrak at the careers talk was a great way of getting an insider’s perspective on the charity sector, and it subsequently encouraged me to enquire about internship opportunities,” said Charlotte. Now she is on a three-month internship at the organization and she is helping the team with their public fundraising.

As an intern Charlotte has the opportunity to plan and organise projects and events with the support of the staff. She considers her experience in Retrak as a great learning environment for anyone interested in this sector of work.

New intern positions will be available from September. Students interested in starting a career in International Development or gaining more experience in communications will have the opportunity to apply.

Retrak will offer also be extending the programme to a number of people to work overseas on different projects in Africa. More details about the programme will be announced on www.retrak.org
 

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