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Kickstart Scheme

If you’re aged 16-24 and claiming Universal Credit, you might be able to get a six-month job with a local employer through the Kickstart Scheme. Kickstart jobs are funded by the Government to offer exciting opportunities for young people to gain valuable work experience.

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The Kickstart Scheme is open to people that are aged 16-24 that are currently claiming Universal Credit and are at risk of long-term unemployment. If this sounds like you, talk to your Work Coach about Kickstart and see if it could be right for you.


Six months


England, Scotland, Wales

Age restriction:


How to apply:

There are thousands of Kickstart jobs available right now. Talk to your work coach to find out about the local Kickstart opportunities and how to apply. You can also search current Kickstart vacancies on Find a Job. Referrals to Kickstart Scheme jobs end on Tuesday 1 March. You must be referred to a Kickstart job by your work coach before you can apply to the role. Speak to your work coach as soon as possible to give yourself the best chance of starting a Kickstart opportunity by Thursday 31 March.

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What could Kickstart offer you?

Kickstart is a great opportunity. Not only does it give you access to a six month paid job, you will also get valuable experience to build up your CV, extra support to boost your future job prospects and help to start your career.

Funding for Kickstart jobs cover 25 hours per week and pays at least the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage depending on how old you are. You will be paid by your employer and depending on your circumstance, you may continue to receive Universal Credit once you start work. Find out more about how your earnings affect your Universal Credit payments.

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What kind of jobs are available?

There are thousands of Kickstart jobs available, right across the country and in a range of different sectors. Whether you see yourself working in tech and digital, retail, engineering, legal, marketing, or something else altogether, there could be Kickstart job to suit you.

You can take a look at current Kickstart vacancies through our Find a Job page. It is quick, simple and you don’t need to register to use the site. Simply search for ‘Kickstart’ and use the filters to narrow down your search, such as the types of jobs available or location of the vacancies.

Make sure you talk to your Work Coach to find out about the local opportunities that could be available to you.

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