Jessica Pero
Kickstart Gateway Manager

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Jessica’s role involves managing the Creative Kickstart project, which is funded by the Department for Work Pensions. This project provides funding to employers to create 6 month paid job placements for young people who are unemployed within creative and cultural industries.

Based in London, Jessica’s career started within the Department for Work in Pensions, she then went on to deliver and manage several Welfare to Work employment and training projects across London. Jessica is passionate about inclusion and influencing change within the labour market to break down barriers for disadvantaged groups. Previously working with homeless clients with multiple complex needs whilst at Crisis and tackling youth violence in London head on whilst at Lambeth Council, Jessica has used her influence and experience to design and deliver employability projects that tackle the root cause of inequality.