Creative Job Opportunities at LeftLion for Young People Aged 16-24

Monday 17 May 2021
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We are delighted to announce that we are offering a number of paid roles to work at LeftLion as part of the Department of Work & Pensions Kickstart Scheme.


These roles are

  • Editorial Assistant
  • Photography and Video Assistant
  • Graphic Design Assistant
  • Marketing and Admin Assistant

What is the Kickstart Scheme?

The Kickstart Scheme provides new job placements for 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit. The placements are for a minimum of 25 hours a week for a total of 6 months and they are paid at the National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage (18-20yrs: £6.56 ; 21-22yrs: £8.36; 23+: £8.91).

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for these placements, you must be:

  • between the ages of 16 and 24
  • Unemployed and registered for Universal Credit (if you are unemployed and not currently registered for Universal Credit you can register here)
  • If you are both of the above please speak to your Job Centre work coach and ask to be referred to this role.

Our apologies to anyone who wants to apply who does not fit the above requirements, but those are the rules of the funding we have been allocated as part of this scheme. 

What support will we provide as part of the role?

At LeftLion we have a strong track record of bringing through people as apprentices and staff who have gone on to establish careers in national journalism and international marketing roles. These include people who went on to work at organisations such as; The Guardian, The Boots Company, NME Magazine, Buzzfeed, Reuters, Archant Media and Nottingham Trent University. 

As well as job specific training, we will also provide support for you in looking for long-term work after your placement ends (although we’re hopeful of being able to extend some of these placements ourselves). You will be assigned a mentor, a senior member of our team, who you will work with throughout your placement with us. They will help to train you in the systems and software that you will use in this role. We will also provide you with all the equipment that you need.


What roles are on offer?

We are offering the following roles as part of the Kickstart Scheme:

Editorial Assistant

You will work within our editorial team on creating, editing and promoting articles for both our printed magazine and our website. Desirable qualities include:

  • Previous experience of writing
  • A good grasp of the English language
  • A good knowledge of social media

Top tip: Have a read of some of the content on our website and in our magazine before you apply. 

Photography and video assistant

You will work with our photographer and videographer on photo and video shoots – both for LeftLion and for other businesses we work with. Desirable qualities include:

  • An interest in a career in photography or video
  • Knowing your way around a digital SLR camera (although equipment will be provided)
  • A willingness to become a ninja at both Adobe Photoshop and Premiere.

Top tip: Familiarise yourself with some photography in our magazine and some videos on our Facebook page before you apply

Graphic Design assistant

You will work with our head designer on the layout of LeftLion magazine, as well as on our website and on other publications and websites we produce. Desirable qualities include:

  • An interest in design and illustration
  • Some previous experience of design and editing software
  • A willingness to become a ninja at both Adobe Photoshop and Indesign

Top tip: Take look through our magazine at the way the pages are laid out before you apply. 

Marketing and admin assistant

You will work with our Marketing and Partnerships Manager and with other team members to:

  • Ensure that all of our advertising partners receive a reliable, high quality service
  • Create bespoke marketing campaigns for businesses working in a wide range of sectors
  • Assist with the delivery of artwork, editorial and other collateral
  • Help generate new business leads

Top tip: Familiarise yourself with some of the advertising in our magazine and on our website before you apply. 

How can I apply?

1) You must be aged 16-24 and registered with the Jobcentre in order to apply. Find my local Jobcentre.

2) Once you are registered, please ask your Job Centre work coach to refer you to this role.

3) Once you have been referred please fill out our application form online. You will need a Google account (which is free and takes 2 minutes to set up) to do this. 

4) Closing date for applications is Sunday 27 June. We will get back to all candidates to let you know if you have been selected for interview in early July. 


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