A couple of weeks ago I was contacted about a relatively new venture called Task Squad that hopes to offer 18-25 year olds short term, flexible and more importantly paid employment.
Task Squad is the brainchild of the guys at vInspired which is the UK’s leading youth volunteering charity. Since 2006 vInspired have helped young people access more than one million volunteering opportunities helping them to improve their skills, confidence and employ-ability whilst doing things they really care about.
Their new venture Task Squad aims to bridge the gap between volunteering and employment. Task Squad allows young people aged 18-25 to find, apply for and carry out flexible tasks to fit around other commitments such as education and volunteering.
If you’re studying or have recently finished university, taking on some tasks through Task Squad could be an ideal way to get some up-to date experience whilst earning some much needed cash.
The benefits of taking on some short term tasks
- Develop new skills
- Meet new contacts that could be useful in your future career
- Gain up-to date references
- Experience different workplaces
- A short term task could turn into something more
I’d love some paid work, how can I get involved?
If you want to get some paid experience all you need to do is to register with vInspired and log your volunteering history. If you haven’t already gained some volunteering experience vInspired can help you get some.
Once you’re signed up with Task Squad you’ll need to create a profile and start applying for any tasks on offer.
How much will I get paid?
As a minimum they ask all their employers to pay £8 an hour which seems pretty decent to me.
I’m an employer, how can Task Squad help?
Task Squad gives you access to a community of trusted young people with proven volunteering experience who are looking for quick and flexible work. The tasks could consist of small tasks, corporate errands or even the sort of work that you would traditionally approach a temping agency for. If you’ve got some short term tasks that need filling why not get in touch?
As well as fulfilling your short term staffing needs you’ll be helping young people to gain experience as well as helping vInspired fund and find more volunteering opportunities for young people. It’s a win win for all!
If you get involved with Task Squad please let me know how it goes in the comments below.
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