Learn, Earn and have Fun!

Are you 16-17 years and interested in getting into youthwork, customer service? Or want to explore your career choices? HeadStart gives you an opportunity to gain qualifications, essential skills, participate in a work placement to build your employability.

HeadStart is funded by
Project Status:

Programme Location: Belfast

Dates: Year-round

Availability: Accepting applications


From Greater Belfast

16-17 years

or 18-23 if you are care experienced

or 18-21 if you have a disability.

You should not be in education, employment or training

What is HeadStart?

HeadStart supports young people build key personal and employability skills and gain qualifications.  Our Youth Development Workers will work with you to develop your personal training plan and achieve your goals. Build your skills, enjoy working with others and get ready for your next steps in training or employment.

On HeadStart you will also meet new people, have fun in group activities as well as earn £40/week and a chance to receive bonuses. If you are 18-23 years, there is additional criteria just contact us to find out if you are eligible.

You will receive

–          £40/week Educational Maintenance Allowance (this will not affect your benefits)

–          £40 bonus paid every 13 weeks

–          Paid leave

Apply for HeadStart

If you have more questions or want to apply, contact us below.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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Our Approach

We commit all our efforts to delivering programmes that deliver positive change.

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Our Projects

Our programmes evolve from the needs of the people and communities with whom we work.

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Our Impact

The experiences of our participants determine how we shape and change what we do. Their success is our impact.

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