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This page provides information on job opportunities, support and training for 16-24 year olds.

16-24 and claiming Universal Credit? Gain experience of working in some of Britain's most exciting companies - Kickstart

The Kickstart Scheme is a 6 month paid job with a local employer, funded by the Government for people aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit. It provides an opportunity for young people to gain experience of work - there are hundreds of opportunities from companies across Cheshire and Warrington.  You can search for Kickstart placements by choosing one or more of the Job Centres below. The search will show placements within 5 miles of that Job Centre. When you find placements you are interested in click on the white heart symbol at the bottom of the card, it will change to a green heart and save the Kickstart placement to your favourite opportunities. See example in the image below where the Customer Services Representative placement has been added to the favourites.

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Once you have found some potential placements you can discuss them with your Work Coach.

Who is eligible?

16-24 year olds are eligible
Universal Credit claimants are eligible
Unemployed Risk for those at risk of becoming long-term unemployed

If you have a Work Coach talk to them about the KickStart Scheme and find out whether it’s right for you. Contact your local Job Centre to speak to your Work Coach - 0845 604 3719.

What to do next

There are over 1,000 Kickstart vacancies in Cheshire and Warrington and we are keen to match you with an employer as soon as possible. As a start either: 

  • contact your JCP Work Coach via your journal
  • e-mail [email protected] (stating which JCP area you are coming from eg Ellesmere Port, Macclesfield, Warrington etc)

Your Job Coach will be explain more about the placements you have found and will be able to advise on other placements that you may be interested in, and answer any questions you have.

Job Centre Plus (JCP) Areas

The list of JCP areas is Cheshire and Warrington is:

  • Chester
  • Congleton
  • Crewe
  • Ellesmere Port
  • Macclesfield
  • Neston
  • Northwich
  • Warrinton
  • Winsford

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