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Exeter Works doors will be closing on 31 March, but you will still be able to get support and guidance on our website. The Youth Hub will open the doors to its new home in Exeter Library from 3 April.

Following the announcement of the Government’s Kickstart Scheme in autumn 2020, Exeter City Council has been acting as a Gateway organisation to support small businesses to access the scheme and offer work placement opportunities to young people.

Placements from a range of different businesses will soon be available for eligible* young people to apply for through the Job Centre.

The scheme is designed to give young people invaluable experience of the work place, and support them to gain the skills they need for long-term employment. This is in response to the situation with the labour market as a result of the pandemic, and the effect this will have on young people in particular.

Businesses have offered placements in a range of different sectors and job roles – including; digital, marketing, project support, sales and administration.

Dan Pritchard, Managing Director, Astley Media who are offering 2 placements through the scheme said;

“It’s a tough time to be a young person right now. The pandemic is disproportionately impacting them through fewer jobs and disrupted learning. We’ve always benefited from having young people at Astley Media. They bring energy, ideas, digital skills and a new dynamic. That’s why, as part of our plans, we were so keen to get involved with KickStart. It’s a win-win opportunity for organisations and young people.”

The City Council is pleased to be able to support businesses and young people in this way, and will be offering placements of their own as part of the scheme.

Would you like to offer a placement to a Young Person?

If you are interested in offering a placement to a young person, you can find out more about the scheme on the City Council website or email

Do you know a young person that would like a placement?

If you know a young person aged 16-24 who would benefit from a placement through the Kickstart scheme, make sure they are registered for Universal Credit and encourage them to talk to their work coach about the placements that are open for applications.


*Young people must be aged 16-24 and claiming universal credit