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Kickstart Scheme

See how the Hampshire Chamber can help you acquire talent and government funding through the Kickstart Scheme

What is the Kickstart Scheme?

The government has introduced the Kickstart Scheme in Great Britain, a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16 to 24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long term unemployment. Any businesses taking part in the Scheme can apply for £1,500 per job placement available for any admin and training costs.

The Government will fund 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours per week as well as the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

The Hampshire Chamber has been nothing short of sensational in their role of providing me with “Kickstart’ information and the support I have needed for my business.

It is without hesitation I recommend Hampshire Chamber if you are looking to gain access to the ‘kickstart’ programme be that for one person or 30.

I have been so impressed with the service that I have received that it has been easy to refer numerous clients in the knowledge of the high-level service they will receive.

Steve Jones 

Managing Director – Skills for Business         

We’ve created over 700 job opportunities for the Kickstart Scheme so far. Contact us to see how we can help your business access the Scheme.

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce is an approved Gateway which helps businesses, to be approved by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) making it possible for businesses to acquire much needed talent and access the available funding from government.

You will need to be a Limited company with at least one year’s financial records with Companies House.  We will support you through each stage to the point of employment and payment.

To get an application form, contact our membership manager, Coral Benham


Tel: 01329 242420 (Option 1)


Please Note:  Our role in this scheme is open to both members and non-members.

We tried using the Kickstart Scheme and had no joy! We then turned to the chamber who managed to get us 10 applications accepted and kept us informed all the way through and took all the frustration away.

Grant Strange  

Managing Director – Nexus

Kickstart Training

An important part of the grant application is evidencing the training and support you will provide.

To support employers who are not able to offer these as in-house training, Kickstart Scheme Training Courses have been created, specifically to support with your Kickstart Scheme grant application compulsory declaration.

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