JobStart Scheme

Information on our school-based job opportunities.

JobStart Scheme in conjunction with the Department of Communities (DfC)

We are pleased to be participating in the JobStart Scheme for the second year in conjunction with the Department for Communities (DfC). Our aim is to provide Trainee School Support Assistant job opportunities within a school environment.

This scheme will offer a number of placements in participating schools* for a period of six months.  These paid job opportunities aim to provide appointees with the prospect to learn important work skills such as teamwork, problem solving and communication skills which will enhance their CV and future job prospects whilst increasing their confidence and transferable employability skills.

Who can take part

To be eligible to apply for the JobStart Scheme you must:

  • be aged 16-24 years old.
  • be at risk of long-term unemployment or struggling to get employment.
  • be currently unemployed.
  • have a National Insurance number and the right to work in Northern Ireland. 

More information

If you receive Universal CreditJobseeker’s AllowanceEmployment and Support Allowance or Income Support, contact a Work Coach on 0300 200 7807  or visit your local Jobs & Benefit’s office. 

If you are unemployed and not receiving benefits, contact the JobStart & Work Experience Programme Branch within the Department for Communities on or 028 90726788 to find out more.

You will not be eligible to apply for the JobStart Scheme if:

  • you are planning to take up an apprenticeship or enter education or further education in the future.
  • you are awaiting the outcome of a job interview.
  • your parent or guardian is receiving Child Benefit on your behalf. 
  • you have already reached 25 years of age.

Full details of the jobs as they become available can be found by searching for ‘Trainee School Support Assistant' on Job Apply NI  

Participating Schools

Principals interested in offering job opportunities (funded by DfC) within their school environment can find more information here:

Last updated: 25/08/2023