What is Kickstart?

Kickstart is a government funded initiative through the Department of Work and Pensions. It funds employers to create new jobs for young people.

Who is Groundwork?

We’re a charity mobilising practical community action on poverty and the environment across the UK. At Groundwork we’re passionate about creating a future where every neighbourhood is vibrant and green, every community is strong and able to shape its own destiny and no-one is held back by their background or circumstances.

We’re providing hundreds of young people with their first jobs in community and environmental work through Kickstart to help young people to develop the skills they need to be at the forefront of a new green economy

Apply for a job through Kickstart

If you’re up to the age of 24 and are claiming Universal Credit, Groundwork’s Kickstart placements can help you into careers that help protect the environment, tackle climate change, and support local communities.

You’ll get paid a real wage, gain valuable experience and we will give you all the training and support you need to succeed.

Interested?

Getting started is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

Step 1:

If you’re interested in taking part you’ll need to register with your local Jobcentre where all vacancies will be advertised and available.

Step 2:

View the opportunities below to see what vacancies are available through Groundwork.

Step 3:

Follow the application link to the DWP website to apply.

Nathan - Groundwork CLM

Kickstart stories

Hear from people who have already given their career a boost through Kickstart with Groundwork.

We need to take care of our environment and our communities and without green jobs, this simply can't happen. Nathan, Kickstart trainee.
Nathan’s story

After spending years in minimum wage jobs stacking shelves and serving sausage rolls, I was depressed and extremely frustrated. I felt as though I was wasting my life and began to give up all hope of starting a career in a sector I truly believed that I belonged in. Then Kickstart came along. Maybe you’re struggling with the same issues I was. I strongly urge you to give Kickstart a try and look for a role that is suitable for you. It may well change your life – its already changed mine.

I am loving my time at Grow Speke and playing a part of my local community in Liverpool has taught me so much. Hellen, Kickstart trainee
Hellen’s story

I was adamant that I wanted to work outside, learn more about growing and gardening and do something that gave back to the local community. Fortunately for me, the role at Grow Speke ticked all of these boxes.  The role really spoke out to me, because it was really varied and would provide me with lots of different experiences and the chance to gain new skills.

Just apply for Kickstart, in the long term it gives you plenty of skills that are easily transferable. India, Kickstart trainee
India’s story

After finishing sixth form, India found herself unemployed at the peak of the pandemic and she found it extremely difficult to start her career. She is now on the path to a career in ecology and says that her time with Groundwork has helped her with her confidence and understanding the world of work.


Current Kickstart opportunities at Groundwork

  • Marketing and Administration Assistant – Kickstart

    Salary: National minimum wage JCP Reference: V0000361691 Location: Trafford Park, Manchester Closing date: 15th December 2021 About the role The Marketing & Administration Assistant will work as a member of Groundwork Central Services team, supporting the charities marketing activity, project-based communications and day-to-day operations. The postholder will gain experience within digital media, making use of

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  • Grant Administrator Trainee – Kickstart

    Salary: £9.90 per hour JCP Reference: V0000367877 Location: Birmingham, West Midlands Closing date: Friday 14 January 2022 Contact: recruitmentUK@groundwork.org.uk  About the role We’re looking for young people (aged 16 to 24 years) who share our passion for the environment and want to help us build stronger, more sustainable communities across the UK. Through the DWPs

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  • Policy & Research Trainee – Kickstart

    Salary: £9.90 per hour JCP Reference: 347342 Location: Birmingham, West Midlands Closing date: Friday 14 January 2022 Contact: recruitmentUK@groundwork.org.uk  About the role We’re looking for young people (aged 16 to 24 years) who share our passion for the environment and want to help us build stronger, more sustainable communities across the UK. Through the DWPs

    Apply

  • Communications Trainee – Kickstart

    Salary: £9.90 per hour JCP Reference: 251320 Location: Birmingham, West Midlands Closing date: Friday 14 January 2022 Contact: recruitmentUK@groundwork.org.uk  About the role We’re looking for young people (aged 16 to 24 years) who share our passion for the environment and want to help us build stronger, more sustainable communities across the UK. Through the DWPs

    Apply