Kickstart placements at EPUT for people aged 16 to 24

Kickstart Scheme

We are offering exciting job placements to young people who are looking to develop a career in the NHS at Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) and other NHS organisations across Essex.

The six-month paid roles are part of the Kickstart Scheme – a national programme that is funding thousands of placements across the country to help unemployed young people get back into the job market.

We are offering healthcare assistant roles across various front line areas and administration assistant roles in finance, HR, operations, IT, recruitment and workforce teams.

Kickstart employees will be assigned a mentor to help them get the most out of their time with the Trust and to plan their next steps. We will also offer structured support around writing a curriculum vitae (CV), preparing for interviews and developing workplace skills.

Once they have finished their placement, Kickstart employees may be able to apply for a permanent role or develop their career somewhere else within the NHS or beyond.

Who can apply

The placements are for people aged 16-24 who are currently on universal credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

We’re looking for people who are committed, enthusiastic and willing to get really stuck in. You will need to share our values of being compassionate, open and empowering – and committed to providing the best and safest possible care to patients

You don’t need any formal qualifications but we expect you to have a good level of numeracy and literacy skills.

More about the roles

Healthcare Assistant

Life as a Healthcare Assistant is both varied and rewarding. You will gain hands on experience from day one, supporting patients with mental and physical health needs within a fast-paced care setting.

You won’t be on your own – you will work under the guidance of a registered healthcare professional such as a nurse.

Administration Assistant  

Administrative staff are vital to the running of NHS organisations. They provide essential support to the planning and co-ordination of the ‘business’ of the organisation and delivery of patient services. You will be based in fast-paced and dynamic non-clinical team such as finance, HR, operations, IT, recruitment or workforce development.

To apply, candidates should speak to their Jobcentre Work Coach.  Applications cannot be made directly to EPUT. For an information pack on either of these roles please email