Kickstart jobs

If you're 16 to 24 years old, you may be eligible for this paid 6-month work experience scheme. A Kickstart job gives you the opportunity to gain the skills employers are looking for.

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Kickstart jobs are funded by the government to help young people gain valuable work experience.


To apply for a Kickstart job, you must:

  • be 16 to 24 years-old
  • claim Universal Credit
  • live in England, Scotland or Wales

Jobs available on the Kickstart Scheme

Here are some careers you can explore in the Kickstart Scheme:

After your Kickstart job

Once the placement has come to an end, you can learn more general and specialised skills with our free online courses.

Alternatively, you can search for a job.

Applying for a Kickstart job

You can find out how to apply on the national Kickstart Scheme website.

How to apply for a Kickstart job

Information for other countries: