Young person looking for a Kickstart placement

What is Kickstart?

Kickstart is a six month paid job with a local employer. Funded by Government, Kickstart provides young people with an opportunity to gain experience and skills by working with a range of employers across the UK.

The Kickstart Scheme is open to 16 to 24 year olds, who are claiming Universal Credit, and are at risk of long-term unemployment. If you have a work coach at the job centre, they will talk to you about the Kickstart Scheme, the types of opportunities currently available and whether it’s right for you.

We are also here to help, so if you want more information about Kickstart, and particularly the opportunities we have here at Salford City Council and with our partner organisations, then please get in touch. 

To register your interest or for more information please email or

We have placements available in many different areas, such as finance, business administration, grounds maintenance, youth work, social media, childcare and construction, to name but a few. 

Over the coming weeks and months, we plan to hold several virtual events for Kickstart opportunities with Salford City Council, and with our partner organisations. In these virtual events you’ll be able to find out more about Kickstart placements and what’s involved, as well as meeting the teams and employers you’ll be working alongside. You’ll also find out what a usual day will look like, including virtual tours of the workplace. And of course, you can any questions you might have too.

If you’d like to attend one of our virtual open days, then please get in touch.

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