HSDC and Astute help to kickstart young adults into employment

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Havant and South Downs College (HSDC) and Astute help to kickstart young adults into employment

HSDC is working with Astute Technical Recruitment to provide employability skills training to the young people hired into Kickstart roles.

Samantha Bradshaw, Astute’s learning & development manager, said: ‘We currently have young people in two Kickstart positions and are looking to hire nine more. Our current placements include a marketing support assistant and a recruitment support assistant, and we are looking to recruit a graphic design assistant and more recruitment support assistants.

‘Astute Technical has been involved heavily with HSDC, universities and schools with work experience programmes. We have also worked with HSDC on CV writing skills and as part of their practice interviewing skills sessions. Part of our corporate social responsibility is to support the local community so getting involved with Kickstart was a bit of a no-brainer.

‘Through this, we could support the local community whilst getting something back from those who come and work for us. They’re here for 25 hours a week – they can deliver work they can be proud of, which will help our business strategy whilst giving them the experience they need. It is helping us to understand a different point of view and skill sets from a younger audience. We work with sustainable energy and are hoping to build onour own strategy, so the research they are doing will help us to understand the market.’

Both Kickstarters are enthusiastic about their placements – Ryan Kappa, 22 from Chichester, said:

‘I’m excited as Kickstart offers me new opportunities. I’m gaining new experiences in a work setting which I have never worked in before’.

‘This placement has been a fantastic experience for me. I’m gaining new skills in an environment of hard working, talented professionals who want to see me succeed, and have a wealth of knowledge to impart. I’m very glad of the Kickstart Scheme for giving me the opportunity to work here, and Astute for the care and support they’ve shown.’

Eleven weeks after it was launched, it has smashed through that target with an incredible 256 places found.


Could you join the companies that have already signed up?


For more information, go to shapingportsmouth.co.uk or to register an interest, e-mail contactus@shapingportsmouth.co.uk


Here’s our roll of honour so far:

Really B2B
Portsmouth Diocese
STS Defence
Eaton Aerospace
Portsmouth Water
Morris Crocker
Highbury College
Yellow Strawberry
Portsmouth Carpentry
Harris and Wells
Rowlands Castle Builders
CJ Electrical
Success Connections Utility Consultancy & Engineering Services
Tax Assist Accountants
Wink Portchester
D&H Carpentry
Johnson M&E Group
LJH Electrical Southern
Halo Creative
CLC Group
Fratton Bridge Garage
AD Carpentry and Building
Lee Todd Electrical
N&T Carpentry Builders
Eclipse Property Services
AM Electrical South
Pure Construction
HS Building and Maintenance
Pure Plumbing and Heating
Merritt Decorators
HBS Group Southern
North Harbour Garage Limited
Pentagon Installations
Southern Counties Heating & Plumbing
RJM Gas Heating
Portsmouth Carpentry
I and I Carpentry
KO Plumbing & Heating
Read Electrical Services
HiTech Property Services
AM Electrical South
Gypsum Plasterers
SD Brickwork
Glo Electrical
Aqua Gas Heating and Plumbing
Eclipse Projects Limited
Edmark Ceramic Tiling Contractors
Anders Heating Company
County Carpentry and Home Improvements
Jem Property Services
Tew Brothers
Elliott Dugan Carpentry
Castaway Carpentry
LDN Living
*Apprenticeships via training provider Highbury College

South Western Railway
Aspire Bookkeeping
Newgate Motor Services
Integrum Learning
Baker Newman
Jacobs Autos
Solent Way Computers
British Heart Foundation
Arundel Aviaries
CTECH Business Solutions
Fareham College IT Department
*Apprenticeships via training provider Fareham College

Bluebird Care
Puddleduck Day Nursery
The John Doyle Partnership
Highfield Professional Solutions
Activ8 Minds
Portsmouth City Council
Perfect Skin Solutions
*Apprenticeships via training provider Portsmouth College

Castle Pre-School, Cosham
Jackson and Green
*Apprenticeships via training provider HSDC

Leon’s Bistro
Astute Technical Recruitment
Stellas Voice
*Apprenticeships via training provider Highbury College

Isle of Wight NHS Trust
AM Electrical South
Southsea MoT Centre
Tony Wood Hair
Rowlands Castle Builders
Jessica Hayler
Barden FM
Work Wise
Your Centre


Solent Apprenticeship Hub

Hub manager Jodi Fair said: ‘We are thrilled to be playing a part in 100 in 100 and have confidence that this will be beneficial, not only to the individuals who are beginning their career journeys, but also the employers that will be introducing new, skilled employees into their workforce.’

Portsmouth City Council

Cabinet member for culture, leisure and economic development and deputy leader Steve Pitt said: ‘The 100 in 100 campaign is a great opportunity to celebrate the important work that is undertaken across the city and the positive steps it takes towards recovery. Collaboration between our incredible businesses and the skills providers who support them is a powerful tool for growth. As a council we are committed to raising aspirations and skills development. That’s why we’re supporting this campaign, the business growth and the entrepreneurial spirit Portsmouth is known for.’

Fareham College

College principal and CEO Andrew Kaye said: ‘We are delighted to be supporting this initiative encouraging employers to offer new and existing staff and young adults the opportunity to take their first step on to the career ladder, or progress further in their chosen career. Fareham College’s focus has always been to equip its learners with the knowledge, skills and experience to achieve their ambitions and we look forward to enabling as many people as possible to gain valuable industry experience to set them on the path of their chosen career, as well as aiding the local economy and assisting business recovery in the region.’

Highbury College, Portsmouth

Craig Mincher, commercial director, said: ‘The 100 in 100 campaign comes at a crucial time for both individuals and businesses in Portsmouth. Highbury College are proud to play a part in a campaign that will offer such hope and tangible outcomes for both local employers and adults of the city.’

Havant and Southdowns College

Director for business growth and innovation Aaron Butson said: ‘Everything we do at HSDC is to realise the ambitions of our community and we fully support Shaping Portsmouth and partners in the 100 in 100 campaign. With everyone working together to realise this ambition, we will all have a tremendous impact supporting young people into work and supporting others in our community regain employment and upskilling opportunities.’

Portsmouth College

Vice principal Tom Lloyd said: ‘Portsmouth College is delighted to be able to play a role in the 100 in 100 campaign. Collaboration is critical during a crisis and this project is a fantastic example of employers, training providers and agencies from across the city coming together to promote opportunities and support local people back into employment.’

University of Portsmouth

Claire Middleton, degree apprenticeship manager, said: ‘100 in 100 is a great opportunity to highlight all the wonderful new apprentices and employers that we have in the city and to show the commitment they are making in the road to recovery post-Covid. Collaborating with partners is the best way to raise awareness of apprenticeships at all levels and show the diversity of courses, employers and apprentices that are available in our community.’

Shaping Portsmouth

Chief executive officer Stef Nienaltowski said: ‘Two years ago, we launched our Roadmap to a Career vision and this programme is yet another key part of that. No matter what your age, your career options should not be a hidden secret but something you can get access to and experience readily. This programme aims to give our people that opportunity and, whilst some of the placements are age-limited, some are not. Opportunity is for everyone and Shaping and our partners aim to make that happen with this and following programmes.


Placement types

Apprenticeships – combine practical training in a job with study. As an apprentice you’ll be an employee earning a wage and getting holiday pay. Work alongside experienced staff and gain job-specific skills.

Traineeships – a course with work experience that gets you ready for work or an apprenticeship. It can last from six weeks up to one year, though most traineeships last for less than six months. You can apply if you’re eligible to work in England, unemployed and have little or no work experience.

T-level paid placements – new courses which follow GCSEs and are equivalent to three A-levels. These two-year courses, which launched in September 2020, have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work, further training or study. T-levels offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days).

Internships – a temporary position with an emphasis on on-the-job training rather than merely employment. Can be paid or unpaid.

Work experience (fewer than 70 hours) – enables young, unemployed people to volunteer for placements lasting between two and eight weeks.

Kickstarters – the government’s Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment.


To apply for a Kickstart position at Astute, just fill out the following form, we’re eagerly anticipating your application: