Kickstart your career

Kickstart jobs scheme

Are you under 25 and claiming Universal Credit? This could be your pathway to a new career.

What is Kickstart?

Kickstart is a programme launched by the government. It gives anyone aged 16-24 on Universal Credit the opportunity to get paid work placements with companies around the country. We hope the experience you gain with us will lead you on to great long-term opportunities - even if it’s outside of Sovereign Housing Association.

What is Sovereign offering?

We have 49 exciting new roles across our business as part of the Kickstart programme. We’ve already secured many talented individuals and are now looking to recruit even more across a variety of roles.

How do the placements work and how much do they pay?

Each job is for 25 hours per week and lasts for six months. Each role pays national minimum wage, but the amount varies depending on your age:

  • Under 18: £4.62ph
  • 18-20: £6.56ph
  • 21-22: £8.36ph
  • 23 and over: £8.91

We currently have opportunities based out of our Basingstoke, Newbury, Exeter and Wantage offices - your local Job Centre can provide you with more details or you can contact us directly on

What support and benefits do Kickstart joiners receive?

  • A dedicated line manager, who’ll be on hand to guide you through and help you thrive in the role
  • Opportunity to complete in-work training and qualifications
  • Ongoing support from and Employment and Training officer who will help you develop your skills and plan for your next career steps
  • Paid holiday
  • Retail and gym membership discounts
  • Pension contribution

How do I apply?

It’s easy!  Just email your CV and cover letter to OR apply via your local DWP Work Coach.

What else do you need to know?

Due to government guidelines for Kickstart Programme, applicants must be aged 16-24 and currently claiming Universal Credit.

This position is based on 25 hours per week (Monday – Friday) and lasts for six months. Work patterns will be discussed at interview.

It's a fantastic time to join us at Sovereign. Having just been awarded a Gold accreditation in Investors for People, we're sure you'll find us a very welcoming and inspiring organisation to start your career in housing.

If you are interested in applying for a Sovereign Kickstart job, would like to find out more or would like help with your application, please contact the team on or speak to your local DWP Work Coach.

Sovereign residents

If you’re a Sovereign resident there are many other ways we can support you to access employment and training opportunities. For more information, take a look at our website to find out what other employment and training services we offer or contact us on