Brighton Dome Hosts Kickstart Job Fair to Support Unemployed Young People After Lockdown


Brighton Dome has partnered with Future Creators and the Department for Work and Pensions to host a job fair to support youth employment across the region.

The fair, taking place at Brighton Dome on Wed 29 Sept, will provide unemployed young people eligible for the Government’s Kickstart scheme, the opportunity to find out about different job roles and professional training on offer across a range of sectors. Candidates can meet and network with local businesses, organisations and their peers in a friendly and supportive environment; there will even be the chance to interview for work placements on the day.

Attendees will receive a certified digital badge issued by Badge Nation, a community of organisations formed to recognise, reward and motivate learning and ambition. This badge can be used to support their CVs for future applications.

The Kickstart scheme was launched by the government in September 2020 in response to the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on the jobs market. Unemployed young people aged between 16 to 24 years old and claiming Universal Credit are eligible to apply for the six-month government-funded work placement up until the end of 2021, with final placements ending in June 2022.

Brighton Dome is supporting the Kickstart scheme as part of its partnership with Future Creators, a collective of organisations spanning the creative industries, local businesses, youth groups, schools, arts and heritage, health and social services. They work collectively to develop the creative potential, skills and voice of children and young adults.

Deana Ward, Future Creators Head of Development, said:

“The Kickstart scheme is a practical and easy way to help match employers with talented young people from their local area. As a Kickstart Gateway, we’ve already supported 35 organisations in the creative sector, currently offering over 150 Kickstart jobs, including several within Brighton Dome. It feels appropriate to host the event here, and for young unemployed people to discover crucial workplace skills and openings that could help shape the rest of their careers. After the challenge of the last 18 months, we want to assist both local businesses and individuals and this fair will be beneficial for everyone who attends.”

To attend the event, candidates should contact their Jobcentre work coach who can book them a free place. For additional information, please email Deana Ward at