The Northern Ireland Civil Service JobStart Placements

 The Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS) is offering a variety of paid job opportunities (of up to 9-months) through the JobStart Scheme for 16-24 year olds at risk of long term unemployment. (Eligibility criteria applies)

 To find out more about the opportunities available and to check if you are eligible to apply:

Speak to your Work Coach if you are claiming benefits or contact the JobStart Scheme directly if you are not claiming benefits and not in employment education or training at or 028 9072 6788

You should register your interest in these opportunities by the 30th of June 2024

Opportunities may close earlier than the 30th of June if they are successfully filled

Work Experience Programme (WEP)

Are you aged 16 – 65 and currently unemployed?

Are you finding it difficult to get a job due to lack of experience? Do you want to change career but are not sure what job role may be right for you?

The Work Experience Programme offers short 2- and 8-week work experience placements with employers across Northern Ireland. There is also the Opportunity Guarantee strand for people aged 16-24, offering longer placement of 13 weeks and the guarantee of an interview for a job or apprenticeship.

The Benefits of WEP

By taking part in a WEP opportunity you will:

·Learn more about specific industries and job roles.

·Try out various tasks in a real work situation.

·Improve your confidence and motivation.

WEP is completely voluntary, and participants will receive a £10/day top-up as well as certain travel and childcare costs. Those in receipt of benefit will retain entitlement to benefits while participating. Those who are not in receipt of benefit are also welcome to participate.

How to Get Involved

If you are in receipt of benefit, you should discuss the Work Experience Programme with your Work Coach. If you are not in receipt of benefit, please contact for further information.

All current WEP vacancies can be found at JobApplyNI

JobStart Scheme

Are you aged 16-24, currently unemployed and finding it hard to get a job? The JobStart Scheme offers paid job opportunities to help you improve your employment skills and potential to get a permanent job or progress into further education or training. JobStart is run by the Department for Communities and can help you to get a job for six months (or nine months where additional criteria is met). The Scheme offers opportunities with a range of employers, in various sectors across Northern Ireland.

The benefits of the JobStart Scheme

By taking part in the JobStart Scheme you’ll:

  • develop your employment skills and get a six or nine month paid job opportunity

  • enhance your CV and future job prospects

  • increase your confidence

  • learn important work skills such as teamwork, problem solving and communication skills.  

How much you’ll get paid

During the JobStart Scheme you’ll receive at least the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours per week. Your employer may choose to offer you additional hours. Other costs such as any uniforms or training you may need will also be covered.

All current JobStart vacancies can be found at