Kickstart placements at special educational needs schools

We have 43 six-month paid placements available in the county’s Special Educational Needs schools, starting in September 2021.

The placements are aimed at 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit, providing a kickstart into employment. No previous experience of working in a school is necessary, but a passion for making a difference to children’s lives is a must!

What you’ll be doing

You’ll be mainly working in the classroom as teaching assistant, supporting the teacher with children and young people who face challenges with learning, their health or with behaviour.

As part of the scheme there will also be the chance to spend time in more than one school and you could gain experience in other areas of school too.

Along the way, you’ll learn valuable skills that will make you more employable, plus you’ll be working in an environment where job vacancies are available. If you are successful, your placement could lead to an apprenticeship where you could gain a formal qualification or a permanent job.


You’ll be taking part in a 26 week training programme while you do the placement, where you’ll get:

  • a Level 1 Award in Preparing to Work in Schools
  • an understanding of learning difficulties and disabilities
  • an awareness of young people’s mental health issues.

The learning will also cover a wide variety of employability skills and transferable skills such as communication, team working and time management.


The role is for 25 hours per week and pay will be at National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage depending on how old you are. You will be employed and paid by us on a 6 month fixed term contract. You may continue to receive Universal Credit once you start work. Find out more about how your earnings affect your payments on GOV.UK.

How to apply

To be eligible to apply, you need to be:

  • in receipt of Universal Credit
  • registered with your local Jobcentre Plus.

Your Jobcentre Plus adviser or Work Coach can help you apply.

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