What is Kickstart?

From 2nd September, businesses across the UK are able to sign up to be a part of the £2bn Kickstart scheme, which hopes to give many unemployed young people a paid work placement.


Under the new scheme, employers can offer 16-24 year olds who are claiming Universal Credit a six-month work placement, with all wages being aid by the Government. The Government are funding 100% of the kickstart jobs, paying the age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National Insurance and Pension contributions for 25 hours a week.

How are the Apprenticeship Hub involved?

If you wish to offer fewer than 30 of these placements, the application process must be done through an intermediary who will apply on behalf of several businesses at once to reach the 30 mark and make the process as easy as possible.


Portsmouth City Council and Southampton City Council will be intermediaries in the Solent region, and the Solent Apprenticeship Hub will be your first point of contact to make the process as easy as possible.

How can I apply or discuss my organisations options?

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