18 Kickstart scheme jobs you can apply for now and earn up to £40,000 a year

YOUNG people across the country can now apply for Kickstart scheme jobs, with some earning up to £40,000 a year.

The government's £2billion initiative designed to help young people into work launched yesterday, and firms have already started listing job ads.

Under the Kickstart Scheme, the government will pay towards six months of wage costs of 16 to 24-year-olds who are claiming Universal Credit and who are hired by employers.

It will cover 100 per cent of the minimum wage, national insurance and pension contributions for a maximum of 25 hours a week.

For example, young people between 21 and 24 years old on minimum wage currently earn £8.20 an hour, working out as £205 for 25 hours.

But firms are also able to top up wages, and some plan on doing so.

The scheme is designed to help build young people's skills and confidence and is meant to act as a stepping stone to further employment.

The scheme officially launched on September 2, with employers being asked to visit the government website to register their interest.

Top tips if you’re hunting for a new job

WE share our top tips if you’re on the hunt for a new job.

Find roles on jobs sites: There are a number of jobs sites to help you find and apply for jobs, including Glassdoor, Indeed, Reed, Monster, LinkedIn and Totaljobs.

Check social media and company websites: Not all roles are advertised on jobs sites, so it’s also worth keeping an eye on social media. If you’d like to work for a specific company, visit their careers website.

Work on your CV: Make sure your CV is up-to-date before you apply for any job. Once you’ve completed it, don’t forget to check the grammar and spelling.

Sort your social media: LinkedIn can be invaluable when you’re looking for work. So update it carefully with your skills and experience, and ask people you’ve worked with in the past to add their recommendations.

Tailor your applications: It’s about quality as much as quantity, so don’t just fire off the same letter and CV to everyone: take the time to tailor it to the skills and experience the company is looking for. Do a bit of background research on the company and show your knowledge in your letter.

Top Kickstart jobs to apply for now

The Sun has scanned jobs sites and found a wide range of Kickstart roles already up for grabs, ranging from finance and marketing to IT and admin.

Below we've included the ones that have specified salaries.

Tesco and Network Rail are some of the major employers to confirm plans to take part.

They haven't yet told us what roles will be available though, nor what salaries they'll offer, s we'll update this article once we hear back.

1. Business Development role, Luton – £40,000 a year

If you have experience in sales, you may want to consider applying for the new business development role in Luton, Bedfordshire.

The sales executive will be required to sell process serving services to legal practices.

The listed salary is including commission, assuming you hit targets.

2. Junior Wed Developer/Designer, home-based – £26,000 per year

A junior web developer/designer with an interest in web design and development may want to apply for this home-based role, which pays £26,000 a year.

The successful candidate will receive on the job training and guidance, but the role requires a self-starter, according to the job ad.

3. Finance Assistant, Essex – £21,000 a year

If you're considering a career in finance, this assistant role may be suitable for residents in Essex.

According to the job ad, you'll need to be commercially minded and have "excellent" Excel and Microsoft office skills.

4. People & Culture Administrator, home-based – £20,000 per year

A telecommunications business is recruiting a people & culture administrator under the Kickstart scheme.

In the role, you'll work closely with the people & culture manager and provide advice and support to the wider business.

5. Sales Executives, North West England – £18,000 per year

If you like to sell, you'll be pleased to know that an accessories supplier within the travel industry is looking for sales executives.

The role involves cold calling, bringing in new business from existing and new clients, following up sales leads and hitting targets.

6. Administration Assistant, London – £17,056 per year

Acesco, a London-based consultancy company, is looking for an administration assistant for the business.

The role pays up to £17,056 per year pro-rata for 25 hours per week.

7. Sales/Marketing Executive, London – from £11,559 per year

If you have a passion for sales and marketing, you may want to consider this role in cosmetics and healthcare.

Candidates should have experience in purchasing and account management with retailers or e-commerce platforms.

8. Office Administrator, Ramsgate – £800-£1,400 per month

A company in Ramsgate is looking for an office administrator, paying you up to £1,400 a month.

The role will include completing lots of paperwork and general administrative duties.

You'll receive full training and there is scope for your role within the company to evolve.

9. IT graduates for telesales/ sales positions, Manchester – from £1,000 a month

If you've graduated from an IT course and live near Manchester, you may want to consider going into telesales or sales.

The successful candidate will be eager to hit the phones and set up meetings as well as learn about new innovative IT technology.

10. Domestic Abuse Call Handler, Luton – Up to £17 per hour

If you're comfortable giving support to victims of domestic abuse, you may want to consider this Luton-based role.

The role will include answering calls from victims and you'll be paid between £7 and £17 an hour.

11. No Code App / IT Developer, London – £10 per hour

REAL Fundraising is hiring its first ever no code app developer – perfect if you're keen to work in tech but don't have any coding experience.

At the end of the six-month Kickstart contract, you may be able to get a permanent job at the company.

12. Chef at The Boatyard, North Shields – Up to £9.50 per hour

Foodies with experience working as a chef can apply for this restaurant job in Cullercoats, North Shields.

The restaurant said it's looking into the government's Kickstarter scheme, and said the position may fall under that, so it's worth a go.

13. Part-time Barista, Kent – Up to £9 per hour

If you're after a job near Kent, you may be pleased to know that a company is hiring a part-time barista for up to £9 per hour.

The position includes assisting the manager with taking orders and preparing and serving drinks such as coffees and freshly made smoothies.

14. Call Centre Agent, Sowerby Bridge in West Yorkshire – £6.45-£8.72 per hour

Young workers who like to help others can apply for this call centre agent role, helping people who are struggling with debt.

You'll get training over a period of three to six months, after which you'll be promoted to a senior team with better pay as long as you pass the course.

15. Warehouse Order Assembler, Bury St. Edmunds – £6.45 – £8.20 per hour

Thomas Ridley Foodservice is looking to recruit order assemblers in their warehouse in Bury St. Edmunds.

Various working patterns are available between Sunday to Friday, with working times between 6am – 10.30 pm.

16. Digital Marketing, Ipswich – £6.45 – £8.20 per hour

If you're hoping for a career in marketing, this six-month placement at GLO Academy could be just the start you need.

After the placement finishes, you may be able to continue the employment with Generate Leads Online.

17. Marketing Assistant, Cheshire – £8 per hour

Another role for those with a passion for marketing is this marketing assistant position at Choice Events in Cheshire.

The company runs events in the sports sectors and business networking.

18. Administrator/Trainee Recruitment Specialist, Kent – Up to £8 per hour

A company in Bexleyheath, Kent is looking to recruit a youngster with a customer service driven mindset and good organisational skills.

The job role includes call management, administration, assisting payroll and registering candidates.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak  announced the scheme in his mini-Budget in the summer as part of efforts to help Britain bounce back from the coronavirus crisis.

Earlier this month, a delay left thousands of job hunters applying for the Kickstart scheme in limbo as employers were told to pull ads.

The scheme comes as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has warned that the unemployment rate could reach 15 per cent if a second virus wave hits.

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