Job details

Kickstart Scheme: Creative Design Assistant

Job reference: 004371

Closing date: 01/03/2022

Salary: £4.62 to £8.91 per hour + benefits

Department: Brand and Creative

Hours per week: 25

This role is part of the UK government’s Kickstart scheme initiative. 

Are you aged between 16 to 24, unemployed and currently claiming Universal Credit? If you have answered "yes" to these questions, then this could be perfect role for you! Please speak to your Job Centre Work Coach before applying to this role as without their referral, unfortunately you will not be eligible to apply. Click on this link to find out more about the Kickstart Scheme: Want a Kickstart? - Job help ( 

Who are we?

We're a top 10 UK clothing, footwear and homeware digital retailer based in Northern Quarter, in Manchester's city centre. Our retail brands are JD Williams, Simply Be, Jacamo, Ambrose Wilson and Home Essentials. We champion inclusivity by making our customers look and feel amazing. We don’t believe that age, size, shape or background should stop anyone from feeling confident, stylish and happy with the way they look and feel. With our industry leading expertise in creating fashion that fits, we’ve been proudly breaking down these barriers for over 160 years. We help our customers to express themselves with stylish products, helpful services and flexible finance. Now, we’re moving forward together, embracing innovation and new technology, to continue to delight our customers.

The Role and responsibilities​​​​​​​

We are looking for two people to join our Graphic Design team as Creative Design Assistants within our Brand and Creative department and they will be at the very heart of the team! They will be supporting the Graphic Design team with any digital graphic designs needed, including all sales and marketing materials. This role is based at our headquarters in the Northern Quarter. You will:

  • Be designing graphics that will be used across our websites, social media and email in line with our organisation’s branding guidelines.
  • Work together with the Creative team to generate new ideas, interpret design briefs and transform them into practical branded materials. 
  • Have the opportunity to think creatively and develop interactive designs!
  • Receive regular feedback on their graphics from team members so that you can learn and adapt them to meet the end goal
  • Support the team with general administration and learn the ins and outs of the job so that over time, you can develop into a Creative Designer in your own right.

What will you get?

  • You'll develop your technical skills though using digital platforms and software for example Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign as well as Microsoft, CSS/HTML, Dreamweaver/text editor and Monetate.
  • You'll develop many skills: creativity, innovation, attention to detail, organisation, self-management, teamwork and relationship-building skills to name a few!

As well as this, you will have:

  • Regular meetings with your Manager.
  • Regular feedback on your work from colleagues so you can learn and adapt.
  • A buddy to support you when you join and throughout your time with us. 
  • Training and development support from us and from the Prince's Trust, youth employability experts, to build your skills for the working world and your future!

What are we looking for?

Do you have a passion for fashion, retail and creative digital imagery? Do you consider yourself a creative thinker and always willing to learn? If so, then this could be the role for you. 

  • We’d love someone with a “can-do”, positive attitude that likes to work in a team and build relationships with people.
  • You should feel comfortable working under pressure at times and meet tight deadlines with the support of the team.
  • For experience and qualifications, you may have had work experience and/or academic knowledge of Art, Digital Art, Graphic Design or ICT.
  • Basic experience of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and/or InDesign will be needed. ​​​​​​​

How to apply...

Please speak to your Job Centre Work Coach before applying to this role as without their referral, unfortunately you will not be eligible to apply. Click on "Apply now" to create your profile and answer a few questions in order to apply today!

Please do not apply for this role unless you have been referred by your Work Coach.