Kickstart Scheme Vacancy: Arts and Culture Projects Assistant

01 February '22

 The Kickstart Scheme is a 6 month paid job with The Arab British Centre, and is part funded by the Government.  

You can apply for this Kickstart Scheme role if you are: 

  • claiming Universal Credit 
  • 16 to 24 years old 

You can find out more about the Kickstart Scheme here:  


Hours: Part Time/ 25 Hours a week
Closing Date: 27 February 2022
Location: 1 Gough Square, EC4A 3DE
Job Type: DWP Kickstart Scheme / 6 Months Placement
Job Reference: V0000382097 


How to apply 

You need to sign in to your Universal Credit account and send a journal message to your work coach, telling them you would like to apply for this job. 

Copy and paste the following information:

I would like to apply for the following Kickstart Scheme job: 

Job ref: V0000382097 

Job title: Arts and Culture Projects Assistant 

Employer: The Arab British Centre Ltd 

Postcode: EC4A 3DE 

For more information visit:


Job Summary

The Arab British Centre is excited to offer the role of Arts and Culture Projects Assistant via the Government Kickstart Scheme.

The Arab British Centre is an award-winning charitable organisation which works to improve the British public’s understanding of the Arab world. We organise and promote cultural and artistic events, and host a community of like-minded resident organisations at our central London premises.

Throughout this six-month placement, the candidate will support the Programme Director and Communications and Events Manager to research, design and implement outreach activities for the Centre’s flagship programmes (the SAFAR Film Festival taking place summer of 2022, and the Arab Britain Programme that explores the History, Achievements and Experiences of Arabs in Britain), as well as support the delivery of the Centre’s Courses delivered online and in person from the Centre’s premises.

Our flagship programmes are the SAFAR Film Festival, Arab Britain and our Award for Culture. Other recent projects include international exchange programme Making Marks and Digital Artist resident ConnectME.  We run courses online and in person for Arabic Language, Arts and Music.  We support resident organisations with affordable office at our Central London premises. For more information visit:

This role is based at The Arab British Centre, 1 Gough Square, EC4A 3DE, and the candidate will be required to work from the Centre. Hybrid working (In person and remote working), will be possible after a period of training and induction. A laptop will be provided.



Key Responsibilities  

Support the Programme Director and Communications and Events Manager to produce a series of online and in-person events for the Centre’s Arab Britain programme. Tasks include, but are not limited to:

Research topics of interest, speakers and activities to take part in a series of online or in-person events, or to be featured in the Arab Britain podcast.
Schedule events online and in person at the Arab British Centre’s premises in Gough Square, supporting all logistics and travel arrangements, and creating copy for online promotion through social media, website and newsletters.
Support with all logistics for podcast production, liaising with speakers and free-lance recording and editing support.

Support the Programme Director and Communications and Events Manager with the planning and delivery of the SAFAR Film Festival. Tasks may include, but are not limited to:

Support liaison with external speakers (online and in person), filmmakers, distributors, partners, venues, and the festival curator to ensure the smooth running of SAFAR events.
Support the coordination of copy, film stills and information for the SAFAR Film Festival Marketing collateral including the festival brochure.

Assist in the administration of the Arab British Centre’s courses, including timetabling, uploading course information onto the website, enrolling students, responding to queries, assisting teachers by launching online classes on Zoom, emailing materials to students and responding to queries.


Skills Needed

The successful candidate will have excellent communications skills, be eager to develop their experience of inter-cultural arts projects management, and will demonstrate interest in arts and culture from the Arab world.

The candidate will preferably have 3 months + experience in a prior role (including internships, volunteering), in a relevant area (media/PR, film/arts festival, charity, art organisation, community enterprise, museum, art collections/foundations, etc).

The candidate will be comfortable using MS Office and virtual video call tools such as MS Teams and Zoom.

Spoken and written Arabic is a benefit, but not a requirement of the role.


Working Hours

Flexible days – Fixed hours: 09:30am to 17:30pm


Hourly Rate

London Living Wage


Additional Employment Support

Through in-house training and hands on experience, the candidate will gain wide-ranging experience, skills and insight into the workings of a small cultural relations charity.

The candidate will also be enrolled on professional development courses, in line with the role and their career interests.

They will be supported throughout their placement by their line manager and have monthly coaching sessions with the Centre’s Executive Director to discuss progress, goals and personal and professional development goals.

The candidate may also choose to take part in any of the Arab British Centre’s courses* including Arabic Language, Islamic Art and Architecture, Contemporary Calligraphy and/or a range of music courses. 


To apply you must fit the eligibility criteria and you must be referred by the Department for Work and Pensions. Please follow this link for more information: