Chichester College Group to deliver Kickstart scheme

The Chichester College Group (CCG) is supporting local employers to create job placements for young people in Sussex.

The college group is working with the Sussex Chamber of Commerce to act as a gateway organisation to help local employers access the £2billion Kickstart Scheme – a new Government initiative for 16 to 24 year olds, who are currently claiming Universal Credit and are at risk of becoming long-term unemployed.

The scheme will subsidise a six month work placement with employers, and the Government will fund 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week for each ‘Kickstart’ job for this period.

Large organisations, who are able to support 30 or more job placements, are able to apply directly through the Government’s website.

However, there are lots of smaller employers in Sussex who will also be able to participate – without applying for 30 plus placements.

Instead, you can apply through CCG, who will act as your Kickstart representative.

Julie Kapsalis, Managing Director of CCG, said: “This is a really important initiative that will not only help industries rebuild during this time of economic uncertainty, but will also help young people into employment.

“The college group is proud to be involved and to be working with the Sussex Chamber of Commerce to use our combined expertise to ensure that our local businesses can benefit from this scheme.

“Not every company can take on tens of placements, but by working together with other companies through CCG, individual companies will be supported and able to hire the right number of placements for their business.

“During the six month placement, young people will be able to gain valuable work experience which will help them progress into full-time employment, an apprenticeship or even higher education.”

CCG are proud to have the support from the following organisations: Gatwick Diamond, Manor Royal BID, Chichester Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Haywards Heath Business Association.

The scheme will run until December 2021. You can find out more at  or email