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New Kickstart roles available at Suffolk Libraries

Kickstart scheme: Proud to be a Kickstart employer

If you're aged 16-24 and are receiving Universal Credit, you have the opportunity to work with us in these exciting new roles! This is the third round of roles we’ve offered since the Kickstart scheme was launched in 2020 and it’s been a great success so far.

Library Service Trainee – this is a front-facing role where you will gain customer service experience, learn library administrative procedures and work to deliver creative activities and events to the community. A real chance to make a difference!

This role is available at the following libraries: Ipswich, Bury, Lowestoft, Kesgrave, Newmarket, Sudbury, Mildenhall and Beccles.

Libraries Engagement Assistant based at Ipswich Library or remote - you will undertake an on-the-job development programme to understand the prison library service and will also assist in promoting, delivering, and maintaining the service. A varied role, ideal for a self-starter.

Outreach & Communities Assistant based at Stowmarket Library - you will work alongside senior library staff on a project to promote and develop two key outreach services: Mobile Libraries and Suffolk Libraries Local. A great opportunity to gain experience in marketing, communications, and promotion.

Property Assistant – this fast-paced, rewarding role is based at Sudbury Library, but will involve travel across the county. You will work closely with the Property Manager and gain valuable experience in project management. An interesting role, ideal for somebody who thinks creatively and enjoys the challenge of solving problems.

Compliance Assistant – This role is based at Sudbury Library with some remote working and travel across the county. You will help ensure Suffolk Libraries continues to be a safe place for everyone. A great opportunity to gain insight into the health and safety industry and compliance through development of policies, procedures, and risk assessments.

The following roles are also available and are based at Ipswich County Library:

  • Wellbeing Project Assistant - you will provide administrative support for the New Chapters Wellbeing service. You will also help libraries to run wellbeing events and activities and help to raise awareness of regular and special events. This role would suit someone with an interest in wellbeing who wants to make a positive difference to people’s lives.

  • HR Trainee Administrator – this is a role where you will gain an understanding of aspects of HR, Recruitment and Training. There is the opportunity to make this placement your own and get involved in new and exciting projects!

  • Arts Programme Creative Tech Assistant – work behind the scenes of Suffolk Libraries brand new arts directory website in this office-based role. Develop skills in website CMS population, carry out administrative tasks and gain essential client serving experience, all as part of the Suffolk Libraries Arts Team.

  • First Line IT Support Assistant - this is an internal role where you will gain customer service experience supporting library staff with their IT needs, develop your IT understanding and be part of a small but important team. A great opportunity to take your first steps towards a career in IT.

For more information or role profiles, please contact Nilima Banerji, Kickstart Coordinator:

To apply, talk to your DWP Work Coach at your local job centre.

The deadline for completed application forms is 1 November.

Find out more about the Kickstart scheme →