Employment support for 16 to 24 year olds

Support to help you learn new skills and take the first step into work.

Kickstart scheme

The Kickstart scheme is a six month paid job with a local employer, which is funded by the government. There are roles available in many different types of businesses and many do not require you to have any previous experience. 

To be eligible to apply you need to be:

  • Between 16 and 24 years old
  • Claiming Universal Credit
  • At risk of long term unemployment

If you would like to apply, ask to speak to your Job Centre Plus Work Coach. To find out more visit the Kickstart scheme website.

Traineeship Plus

A traineeship can prepare you for your future career, by helping you move into further education, get ready for the world of work through work experience and improve your chances of getting an apprenticeship or other job. 

Whilst on the programme, you will receive support with English and maths through activities related to the workplace and you will also develop your employability skills and work towards an accredited employability qualification. To find out more please contact skills.participation@hants.gov.uk or call 01962 846193.

Supported Internship Programme

Supported internships are designed for young people who really want to move into employment. They aim to give you your first experience of working with an employer, equipping you with the skills you need for work, to help you get a permanent paid job. 

They are for 16 to 24 year olds with an Educational Health Care Plan who want to work, but as yet, have not had the opportunity. Details can be found on the Your Future website. For further information or to request an application form, please contact skills.participation@hants.gov.uk or call 01962 846193.

Speed You Up - WSX Enterprise

Interested in starting your own business? If you are between 16 and 25 years of age, live in Surrey or Hampshire and are not currently working, this might be something for you. 

This European funded project will help you to discover your skills and talents and advise you on how to choose a type of business you could run in the future. The project will guide you through all the stages of a business set up and give you the confidence and knowledge needed when you are self-employed or when you are working for someone else.

If you would like to find out more why not attend one of the introductory sessions, Speed You Up - is it for me? These sessions take place every last Tuesday of the month. You can book your place on Eventbrite website.

Rushmoor Young Entrepreneurs

Rushmoor Young Entrepreneurs' Programme (RYE) is an exciting partnership between Rushmoor Borough Council and WSX Enterprise aimed to guide the next generation of entrepreneurs.  In 6 sessions we will help you develop your business idea, present it to a panel of experts and try out your idea at a business event in March 2022.  Further information and how to register can be found at pdf icon RYE [309kb].

Prince's Trust

If you are aged 16 to 30 years old and want to gain experience, skills, training and the confidence to help you into work, the Prince's Trust run a range of programmes that can help you. To find out more visit the Prince's Trust website, or call 0800 842842 to speak to a youth worker, lines are open 7 days a week, 9am to 9pm.

Apprenticeship Hub

The Apprenticeship Hub can help you find apprenticeship training and answer any questions regarding applications or finding apprenticeship opportunities in your area. For more information visit the Apprenticeship Hub website.

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