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If you’re 16-24 years old and currently on Universal Credit, we could have a brilliant opportunity for you here at Matalan.

We are so excited to be supporting The Kickstart Scheme, supporting the Department for Work and Pensions. The scheme is designed to give you the skills and confidence to kickstart your career, with over 200 x 6 month placements in the areas of Logistics, Retail, Buying, Merchandising, Marketing and HR.

Interested in applying? Great! You need to be referred by your Kickstart coach, so contact them for further information.

For more information and instructions on how to apply, find out more here.


Gain new skills through a comprehensive development programme, in partnership with Qube Learning.


Opportunity to complete a fully funded Level 2 industry recognised qualification. Access to Matalan’s award-winning learning and development offer.

Wellbeing Support

Benefit from professional and expert wellbeing support, in partnership with retailTRUST.

Employee Benefits

Full Matalan employee benefits package, including staff discount, holiday allowance and more.

Matalan HR Director, Emma Crossland, said the aim of Kickstart is to create employment opportunities for young people, while enabling Matalan to develop a skilled pool of potential employees for the business.

"Our overriding aim by becoming a Kickstart employer is to play our part in reducing unemployment rates in the younger generation while also developing the next generation of talent and encouraging them to think of the retail industry as a key place to start a career.”

“We see this as a scheme which allows us to give something back while also having huge benefits to us as a business. Our Kickstarters will get the invaluable experience of working for a leading UK retailer, develop new skills and get an industry-recognised qualification too.”

What do other people think?

Take a look at our video to find out what some young people thought of the scheme.

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