If you’re aged 16 to 24, unemployed and finding it hard to get a job, the new JobStart scheme offers job opportunities to help you improve your employment skills and potential to get a job or progress into further education or training.
About the JobStart scheme
JobStart is a new scheme, run by the Department for Communities, to help young people who are at risk of long term unemployment, aged 16 to 24 years, get into the job market by offering six month job opportunities with a range of employers, in all sectors across Northern Ireland.
It will help you develop your employment skills so that by the end of the six months you may:
- be offered a job by the employer
- have the skills and experience to help you find another job
- progress into further education or training opportunities
Who can take part
If you receive Universal Credit talk to your Work Coach about the JobStart scheme and whether it’s right for you. You can do this through your online journal or by phone.
If you’re unemployed and not receiving benefit, you must be between 18 to 24 years to take part in the JobStart Scheme. You should contact the JobStart Branch within the Department for Communities to find out more:
Find JobStart opportunities
Find out what JobStart opportunities are now available at:
The benefits of JobStart
By taking part in the JobStart scheme you’ll:
- develop your employment skills
- get a six-months paid job opportunity
- enhance your CV and future job prospects
- increase your confidence
- learn important work skills such as teamwork, problem solving and communication skills
How much you’ll get paid
During the JobStart scheme you’ll receive at least the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours per week. Your employer may choose to offer you additional hours.
Any training you need will also be covered along with other costs such as any uniforms or Personal Protective Equipment you may need.