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Kickstart is a government funded project with the aim of helping young people who are claiming universal credit to avoid long-term unemployment.

The project provides paid 6-month work placements for successful candidates and supports them to improve their employability skills and seek further employment opportunities with additional training and guidance from our Kickstart team.

We have a variety of roles for young people interested in a range of our services – we hope that this will support young people in exploring their interests and can give them the skills and knowledge to move on to work in a sector they are passionate about.


Any young person aged between 16-24 years, who is also claiming universal credit will be eligible to apply for this service.

How can we help?

Eligible young people are referred to us by their work coaches, they will then be sent an application form to complete to the best of their ability and if suitable, are invited to interview. Successful candidates will be DBS checked as part of the role.

The Kickstart scheme has given young people the opportunity to experience working in industries they may not otherwise be able to access and gives us at Newport Mind the opportunity to nurture young people with the skills needed for supporting anyone struggling with their mental health.

We also provide invaluable training for the position you are filling, which will work to bolster your transferable skills and improve your employability for other roles in the future.

How to get involved?

You can speak to your work coach about the Kickstart scheme to see which opportunities are available to you, or can encourage young people you know to seek this support.


We will prepare for the end of your time with us by supporting your job search and application skills. 

We provide all of our Kickstart employees with training in the mental health arena regardless of the role they are in. There is ongoing mentorship throughout the placement to support and develop your skills in understanding mental health as well as the specifics of the role you undertake.

Each post we advertise is 25 hours per week, arranged across 4 working days. 

Our roles blend a mix of home working and office/community based working.