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The Opportunity

A unique opportunity for young people to work as part of our team, learn new skills that will give your CV a boost for future job roles.

A Founder’s Associate essentially acts as the ‘right-hand person’ to the Founder at a startup. This means you’ll get involved in a variety of projects and gain exposure across the business, including getting stuck in to:


  • Strategy: give your input on key strategic decisions in the company, and lead the charge on the direction of smaller projects within the business

  • Operations: help manage and optimise the inner-workings of the startup, and get to grips with everyday problems that come up when running a company.

  • Commercial: get involved in pitching your company to potential customers, and learning the best way to ‘sell’ a product.

  • Marketing: get your creative juices flowing through developing the social media strategy, or writing some inspiring copy for the company website.

About the Role

This role is being recruited through the JobStart scheme and is open to all 16-24 year olds. Please don’t be discouraged if you have never worked in this field, or have little experience. Full training and mentoring will be provided. This is an opportunity for you to work as part of a team, to learn new skills that will build your CV, and get experience that you can use in future roles. 

The Founder’s Associate plays a critical role in supporting the founder in executing their vision and driving the success of the organisation. This direct role allows for close collaboration, effective communication and a strong working relationship. Startups by nature move quickly, and inevitably new and exciting projects will pop up that you’ll be able to work on as Founder’s Associate. No two days are the same!

About You

No experience or startup knowledge necessary, but we do look for people who are:

  • Highly proactive and willing to learn independently

  • Excited about working for a mission-driven company

  • Has an interest in sewing/ fashion/ business

  • Happy to get stuck into anything and everything

  • Strong communicators (whether written or verbally)

  • Able to approach complex problems with an inquisitive mindset

  • Up for working in a fast-paced environment where no two days are the same

  • Fun natured and happy to work with young children when needed



Sew Ready is an award winning social enterprise based in Lisburn teaching sewing skills to community members of all ages and abilities. To us, the future of fashion is a world in where everyone gets as excited about being part of the creative process as they do about wearing a garment and in doing so, being part of a growing slow fashion movement.


Our social mission is to reintroduce a passion for sewing and textiles among young people and adults in Northern Ireland to help bridge the current skills gap within garment construction and save a skill from being lost in our generation. We are looking for someone who is passionate about helping our sewing community grow both online and in-person.


Our Culture

Sew Ready is committed to creating diverse and inclusive environments for all staff and students to work and learn – a sewing school where we can be ourselves and reach our full potential. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds, including race, disability, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and belief, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, and caring responsibility.


Candidates are advised to submit applications early.

Vacancy Id: 1608807

Location: Sew Ready Studios

Salary: Minimum Wage

Contract: Temporary 

Hours: Part time – 25 hours per week

Apply by: 31 August 2023 


Please read through the JobStart page before applying

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