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The Kickstart Scheme is a six month paid job with a local employer, funded by the government. It provides an opportunity for you to get the experience of working in one of a range of different businesses.

Am I eligible?

Jobs from the Kickstart scheme will be open to people 16-24 years old, who are claiming Universal Credit, and are at risk of long term unemployment. If you have a work coach they will talk to you about the Kickstart Scheme and whether it’s right for you. The first jobs should be available from November.

What are the benefits of Kickstart?

  • Paid six month high quality work placement
  • Personalised action plan for relevant on-the-job training and qualifications
  • Develop new skills you wouldn’t learn in a classroom
  • Enhance your CV and future job prospects
  • Increase your confidence
  • Get a taste of the world of work
  • Support after your placement to help with job applications, apprenticeships or further training

How do I apply for vacancies?

If you see a vacancy that you'd like to apply for from the list below, speak to your work coach.

If you need help understanding what kind of jobs you'd be suited to, you can speak to a National Careers Service adviser on 0800 100 900.

There are many more opportunities available via your work coach.

Admin Opportunities

Trainee Quality & Compliance Assistant - the Growth Company

Lee House, Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester


Market Research Analyst - Applearn Ltd

The Sharp Project, Thorp Road, Manchester

Project Support Officer (6 vacancies available) - Praetura Ventures

Level 8, Bahuahas, 27 Quay Road, Manchester

Junior Office Assistant - Accountancy & Business Support (NW) Ltd

Whitworth Road, Rochdale

Financial Assistant - Elecrite Limited

Whitehart House, 261 London Road, Hazel Grove, Stockport

Trainee Recruitment Consultant - Westpoint Recruitment

Regent House, Stockport

Trainee Administrator - Hirst Footwear Ltd


Research Assistant - USA Markets - Applearn Ltd


Receptionist - The Aesthetics Hub Ltd


Media and Marketing Opportunities

Trainee Communications & Marketing Assistant - the Growth Company

Lee House, Manchester


Trainee Multimedia Sales/Marketing assistant - Hyva UK 

Trafford Park, Manchester

Trainee Digital Marketing Assistant - Monarch Solicitors

Chapel St, Salford

Trainee Social Media Administrator - Wicker Wings Limited

Trafford Park, Trafford

Social Media Executive - K2L Marketing

Carolina Way, Salford

Trainee Marketing assistant - Tree2MyDoor

Albany Mill, Middleton

Social Media Executive - Teki Cognitive Technology Limited

Stockport, Manchester

Trainee Graphic Designer - Saraco Industries Ltd

Bolton, Greater Manchester

Digital Marketing Assistant - Michael's Enterprises Ltd


Customer Service Opportunities

Trainee Contact Centre Adviser (10 positions available) - Citizens Advice Service

Albert House, Manchester


Trainee Sales Assistant - Specialists Hub

Media City - Salford

Trainee Bookings Assistant - Surface Magic Repairs Ltd

Nelson Mill, Bolton

Customer Support Agent - Karzoom Limited

Oldfield Road, Altrincham

Trainee Telesales Assistant - 6tine Ltd

Bolton, Lancashire

Trainee HR Assistant - Manchester City Council

Town Hall, Manchester

Trainee Customer Service Assistant - Smart Lifestyle Ltd

Oxford Road, Manchester

Customer Service Admin - MW Fulfilment Services Ltd

Bolton, Lancashire

Trainee Contact Centre Advisor (3 vacancies available) - Citizens Advice Service

Leigh, Wigan

Hospitality Opportunities

Front of House Assistant - Proost Ltd

Urmston, Trafford

Prep Chef - Proost Ltd

Urmston, Trafford

Trainee Kitchen Porter - Proost Ltd

Urmston, Trafford


Trainee Catering Assitant (3 positions available) - AgeUK



Trainee Bar Training Support - Barfection



Trainee Catering Assistant (2 positions available) - YP Potential CIC


Trainee Catering Assitant - NW Food and Drink Ltd

Bury, Greater Manchester

Trainee Front of House - Stockport Golf Club

Stockport, Manchester

Trainee Catering Assistant - Country Stile Deli

Oldham, Manchester

Construction and Trade Opportunities

Trainee Floor Layer (2 positions available) - Branagan Flooring

Wythenshawe, Manchester

Trainee Fitter - Vanliners Ltd

Hindley Green, Wigan

Trainee Paver and Landscaper - Croft Paving Ltd

Lowton, Warrington

Trainee Surveyor - Independent Quantity Surveyors Ltd

Bury, Lancashire

Warehouse and Equipment Assistant (2 vacancies available) - Ball Mania Ltd


Trainee Warehouse Assistant - Engrave Gifts Ltd


Retail and Sales Opportunities

Junior Sales Assistant - Helen Winterson Ltd

Marple, Stockport

Trainee Stores / Trade Counter Assistant - Arrow Engineering Limited

Liverpool Street, Salford

Trainee Sales Assistant - TechDisinfect Limited

Urmston, Manchester


Business Development / Sales Executive (2 positions available) - Seatd

Remote work


Retail Assistant - Country Stile Deli

Royton, Oldham


Commercial Assistant - Real Handful Ltd

Hazel Grove, Stockport

Trainee Sales Admin (3 positions available) - Aprey St John and Company Ltd

Bury, Greater Manchester

Sales Executive - Reach and Rescue Ltd


Trainee Sales Assistant - Specialist Hub

Salford, Manchester

Social and Care Opportunities

Trainee Peer Youth Worker - Rainbow Surprise CIO

Crumpsall, Manchester

Childcare Assistant - Inspiring Communities Together


Nursery Support worker - Bowden Preschool Ltd



Trainee Ageing Well Worker (3 positions available) - AgeUK



Trainee Befriender - The Widows Empowerment Trust

Newton Heath, Manchester


Kickstart Neighbourhood Delivery Assistant (Libraries) - Manchester City Council


Trainee Day Care Assistant (3 positions available) - Age UK


Programme Support Officer - Manchester Cares


Junior Fundraiser - Breakthrough UK

Crumpsall, Manchester