What is Kickstart?

The Kickstart scheme is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high-quality 6-month work placements for young people aged 16-24, who are currently claiming Universal Credit. The Apprenticeship Hub is a recognised gateway in supporting businesses that wish to implement Kickstart into their organisation.


The Kickstart scheme is open to organisations of all sizes and across sectors, provided that they are willing to create a quality work placement for young people for a minimum of 6 months. The job placements should provide value and support the young people to develop some of the skills and experience needed to find work upon completing the scheme.


The Government are funding100% of the age relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week per participant, plus any associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. Furthermore, employers recruiting a Kickstarter can apply for a £1,500 incentive for each candidate enrolled, to cover any set-up costs, additional support and workplace training required.

How are the Apprenticeship Hub involved?

As a smaller employer, 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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