Kickstart Scheme

27th October: Kit Malthouse urges local employers to take up the £2bn Kickstart Scheme

  • Government’s £2billion apprenticeship scheme covers the whole cost of hiring an apprentice.
  • Kit Malthouse MP: ‘We must create opportunities for young people and back businesses”

Kit Malthouse has written to the largest local employers and small business groups urging them to take up the government’s world leading £2 billion “Kickstart” apprenticeship scheme designed to get 16-24-year olds into work.

The government will fully fund each “Kickstart” job – paying 100% of the age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National Insurance and pension contributions for 25 hours a week.

In addition, the government will grant businesses £1,500 per placement to cover the set up costs or any support or training that may be required.

There are 635 unemployed 16-24-year olds across Test Valley, with 315 in Andover, getting them into work is vital for their long-term career prospects.

Businesses need to be able to offer 30 apprenticeship placements to apply, or they can go through an intermediary. Locally, the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, Enham Trust and New Forest Business Partnership are all administering applications for the scheme.

Kit Malthouse MP said:

“Young people’s jobs are being especially hard hit by COVID and at a vital time for their professional development. The skills and experienced gained early in a career provide the solid foundation needed to grow.

At the same time businesses can’t afford to take many risks in these uncertain times, so the government will cover the cost and eliminate the risk. The kickstart scheme is a win-win for businesses and apprentices and I encourage employers of all shapes and sizes to sign up.”

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak said: 

“This isn’t just about kickstarting our country’s economy – it is an opportunity to kickstart the careers of thousands of young people who could otherwise be left behind as a result of the pandemic.

The scheme will open the door to a brighter future for a new generation and ensure the UK bounces back stronger as a country.”