A paid internship marketplace and a financial health platform will receive grants of £200,000 after being named winners of a Covid job recovery challenge.
Innovation fund Nesta launched the challenge last year in response to the financial devastation caused by the pandemic and has now handed out £3million for a range of projects.
Udrafter, the winner of the job stream side of the challenge, is an online marketplace connecting students and graduates with businesses who can offer paid micro-internships, breaking the cycle of unpaid work experience. Afterwards, students are able to print out a certificate which they can then use to bolster their CV.
Udrafter has also recently launched a new mentorship project focused on helping young people into work specifically in the post-pandemic era as job selection processes become increasingly competitive.
Mentors have the role of coaching students to adapt to the current job market and create opportunities for themselves.