Jump into Work
Short skills programme to help 16-19 year olds into employment or an apprenticeship

Are you ready to Jump into work?

If you need support to secure your first job or an apprenticeship – Jump into Work can help kickstart your career!

The course will improve your employability skills and provide valuable work experience in a sector of interest. You will also improve your English and maths skills, working towards Functional Skills qualifications if needed.

A dedicated Work Coach will support you in finding a work placement with a local or national employer, matching your skills with a suitable employer in your area.

Why choose Jump into Work?

  • Boost your confidence, self-belief and independence through learning and applying skills.
  • Gain skills employers value such as communication, teamwork and time management.
  • Develop your employability by building your CV and planning for your career.
  • Gain the work experience employers are looking for.
  • Improve your English and Maths.
  • Prepare for employment in your chosen career with better long-term salary prospects.
  • An opportunity to network with prospective employers and receive ongoing support from your placement mentor.
  • Interview/feedback at placement end and support to progress into an apprenticeship or job.
  • Jump into Work is suitable to start your career in a range of sectors.

Jump into Work is suitable to start your career in any sector.

The programme provides you with a training allowance of £5 per day – terms and conditions apply, please speak to the team. If you are in receipt of benefits these will not be affected.

Work Skills

  • Communication skills.
  • Budgeting and money management.
  • Time management.
  • Teamworking.
  • Problem solving.
  • Digital skills.

Employability Skills

  • Career planning.
  • Guidance on application processes for employment, education, apprenticeships and other suitable options.
  • CV writing, cover letters, interview preparation and profiling on websites.
  • Guaranteed interview with your work experience employer at the end of your placement.

Personal Development

  • Mental health and wellbeing support.
  • Behaviour and attitude development.
  • Gain independence and confidence.
  • Personal presentation.
  • Initial and ongoing guidance and advice.
  • Learn how to become a global citizen.


  • Qualification in Employability Skills.
  • Functional Skills qualifications in English and Maths (if not already achieved GCSE Grade 4).
  • Sector specific qualifications also available, such as Health & Safety in Construction and CSCS card.

Our locations

Jump into Work is delivered either face to face in one of our training centre or online, making it suitable for the different needs of our learners.

Face-to-face locations:

  • Romford
  • Hackney
  • Norfolk

Remote locations:

  • London
  • Norfolk
  • Essex
  • Stoke

“The course was not what I expected, but better as I wasn’t treated like I was at school and like an adult – and the work was more what I understood and what I needed to move into work or progress. I have grown more confident in speaking to people, I have enjoyed completing behaviour at work I have got more skills in communication and more work skills. Naz has really helped.”

“Thank you Naz you have really helped me – more than any of my teachers.”

"I just want to say a massive thank you on helping me get to where I am now in my new job – you have really taught me how to gain my confidence and to step out of my comfort zone to try and apply for new things I’ve enjoyed every moment that I had with Ixion and learned so many things while I was there , so much time and guidance went into helping me find my job and I wouldn’t of known what I would do if it wasn’t for all the help you gave me so thank you."

Your questions answered

Jump into Work is free for young people so you won’t have to pay anything, and Ixion provide you with a training allowance.

Jump into Work is unpaid, however we provide you with a training allowance to support your studies (this doesn’t affect your benefits).

The business where you’re doing your work placement can offer you an apprenticeship if there is one available, if not we will assist you in looking and applying for opportunities.

Jump into Work is the first step towards an apprenticeship, providing you with the skills and work experience employers are looking for. This course is short, where as an apprenticeship is a much longer commitment and offers a higher level qualification at the end.

Once you have completed Jump into Work, you can apply for an apprenticeship or a job. As part of your programme you will learn how to create your CV, practice interview skills – and more!

You will gain an Employability Skills qualification, Functional Skills qualifications and depending on the career path you choose some programmes offer further qualifications such as Health and Safety and Food Hygiene. Please check with your tutor about the qualifications you will gain on the programme.

No, Jump into Work does not affect any benefits you might be receiving.

We provide opportunities in your local area and provide a training allowance to support travel costs to and from your work placement.

If you’re interested in Jump into Work, please contact our Youth Education and Skills (YES) team at YES@ixionholdings.com or complete the form below and we’ll get in contact with you.

You can start Jump into Work on or after 1 August of the academic year in which you have your 16th birthday up until aged 19.

You also:

  • Must be eligible to work in England
  • Must be unemployed, not in education or training and have little or no work experience but motivated to work
  • Have the potential to be ready for employment or an apprenticeship within 6 months

Application process

To apply for Jump into Work please email our Youth Education and Skills (YES) team at YES@ixionholdings.com or complete the contact form below.

Contact us

Please complete the form below and one of our team will get in touch with you to discuss further.

Alternatively please contact us at YES@ixionholdings.com.

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Our locations

Our diplomas are delivered face-to-face, therefore you will need to be able to travel to one of our centres to complete the qualification.

Our centres are located across England in the following areas: 

  • Hartlepool
  • Middlesbrough
  • Plymouth
  • Seaham.
  • Sunderland.
  • Liverpool.

Each centre offers a variety of beauty, or hair and beauty, qualifications.

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