Here are some frequently asked questions regarding the government’s new Kickstart Scheme. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please contact us.

How much funding will I receive?

Employers providing work placements will be reimbursed for 25 hours a week at National Minimum wage, in addition to National Insurance and pension contributions. You will also receive up to £1,500 per placement to cover the costs of equipment, training and other associated new-starter costs.

When is the grant paid?

The initial £1500 setup cost is paid when the HMRC can confirm the young person is employed and showing on your payroll. The remaining funding payments are made in arrears at month 2, 4 and 6 of the placement. It will take approximately 6-10 weeks for the DWP to confirm your eligibility, provide you with a suitable candidate and commence work.

How is the grant paid?

The funding would be initially transferred to us as your Kickstart Gateway, then as soon as the funding is confirmed, we will contact our employers directly to arrange a quick transfer into your account.

What are ‘Kickstart Gateways’?

Kickstart Gateway organisations act as support employers access funding through the Kickstart Scheme by submitting batches of applications on behalf of employers who cannot provide at least 30 placements. As a Department for Work and Pensions nominated representative, we would collect all the required information needed to submit an application on your behalf and distribute the funding directly into your account.

What do I have to pay in wages?

Once a young person starts with you on the Kickstart Scheme you will be committed to paying them at the National Minimum wage rate, as part of your usual payroll arrangements. You can pay a higher wage but will only be reimbursed for the minimum wage bracket for the young person’s age group banding.

How many placements for I offer?

Currently, employers are able to access funding for an unlimited number of opportunities, with the first placements set to start in November 2020.

Can I offer a placement to anyone?

Employers will be able to write their own job descriptions, interview and choose the employees, however the candidates will be sent to you via JobCentre work coaches.

How long will the scheme be available?

Initially, the Kickstart scheme will run until December 2021, with the last placements due to finish in the summer of 2022. You do not have to wait until a current placement has finished before applying for new funding.

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