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JobStart scheme

If you’re aged 16-24 year old 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

Employers in all sectors in Northern Ireland can take part in the JobStart scheme. Find out how at Jobstart.

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 – 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 receive Jobseeker’s AllowanceEmployment and Support Allowance or Income Support, contact a Work Coach on 0300 200 7807  for more information.

If you’re not receiving benefit, you must be between 18 – 24 years to take part in the JobStart Scheme.  You should contact the JobStart Branch within the Department for Communities on 0300 200 7807 to find out more.

The first job opportunities should be available from May 2021.

The benefits of JobStart

By taking part in the JobStart scheme you’ll:

  • develop your employment skills and skills you wouldn’t learn in a classroom
  • 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.

Further information

For more information about the JobStart scheme email jobstart.scheme@communities-ni.gov.uk.

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