Halal Incorp Kickstart Scheme Gateway:
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1] What is the UK government Kickstart Scheme?
The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit.
2] Who can apply?
Employers of all sizes can apply for funding
3] What does the funding cover?
- 100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months
- associated employer National Insurance contributions
- employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions
4] Do multiple placements need to start at the same time?
Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021.
5) What is the minimum number of job placements we need to have to apply for the scheme?
A Kickstart Scheme application must be for a minimum of 30 job placements.
6] I can’t provide 30 job placements what can I do?
If a single employer cannot provide this many job placements, they can find a Kickstart gateway, such as a local authority, charity or trade body for help applying. (Halal Incorp is a gateway)
7] Do I get a grant for having a placement?
Every job placement created gets £1,500 funding. This will be paid to you by your gateway provider.
8] Do I need to provide support to the young person on placement?
Yes, the £1500 funding is for setup costs and to support the young person to develop their employability skills. OR Employers can choose to get someone else to do this for them, such as a Kickstart gateway or a service provider. If they choose to do this they will have to agree how to share the £1,500.
9] Can the placement jobs be existing jobs?
The job placements created with Kickstart Scheme funding must be new jobs.
10] The job placements must not:
- replace existing or planned vacancies
- cause existing employees, apprentices or contractors to lose work or reduce their working hours
11] The job placements must:
- be a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months
- pay at least the National Minimum Wage or the National Living Wage for the employee’s age group
- only require basic training
12] Each job placement needs to help the young person become more employable. The Kickstart gateway needs to agree with the employer how this is done.
This employability support could include:
- looking for long-term work, including career advice and setting goals
- support with CV and interview preparations
- developing their skills in the workplace
13] What Halal Incorp as a gateway needs from you:
- their Companies House reference number, Charity Commission number or Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator number, if they have one
- their organisation’s address and contact details
- details of the job placements and their location
14] As an potential employer, you also need to tell us:
- how many employees you have
- about changes to their workforce in the last 6 months and why (for example redundancies and changes to hours worked by existing staff)
- the number of people affected by changes to their workforce in the last 6 months
- about the kinds of roles, functions and average salary of those who were made redundant or who had their hours reduced in the last 6 months
- if they would be able to create these job placements without Kickstart Scheme funding and what funding source they would use
- what recruitment they have completed, started or paused in the last 6 months, including how similar these vacancies are or were to the roles they are creating for the Kickstart Scheme
- if the job placements will be similar to existing or planned roles or the roles previously done by those made redundant or with fewer working hours, why they are using Kickstart Scheme funding to create similar roles
- if they’ve engaged with any relevant trade unions and any advice the unions have given
15] How they will support young people to become more employable:
Employers should also tell the gateway:
- what support will be offered (for example helping young people with writing their CV and preparing for an interview)
- when they will provide this support (for example halfway through their job placement or towards the end)
- how many hours it will take
- who will provide the support (for example they may already have a pre-existing relationship with training providers or ask you to help with this)
- how they will monitor this support
- how the young person can provide feedback during their job placement and afterwards, and how this will be acted on
16] How will the employer get the funding?
DWP will send the funding to the Kickstart Scheme gateway. The gateway is then responsible for sending the funding to the employer.
17] Will Halal Incorp take any of the £1500 per placement?
Halal Incorp will provide the full £1500 per placement to the employer, the employer will then provide the relevant employability support to the young person as mentioned in previous details above. OR If the employer decides they want someone else to provide this employability support then Halal Incorp charge £500 for this service, which will then be deducted from the grant of £1500.
18] DWP will use information from HMRC to check that the young person is still employed. The grant funding to pay the young person’s salary will be paid in monthly arrears when we know they are:
- enrolled on the employer’s payroll
- being paid through Pay As You Earn (PAYE)
19] Can the person on placement work more hours?
The employer can pay a higher wage and for more hours but the funding will not cover this.
20] Can any young person apply for a placement?
Kickstart Scheme job placements are only available for Universal Credit claimants aged 16 to 24 who are referred to employers by DWP.
21] If the application is successful:
a) The Kickstart gateway will give DWP job descriptions that work coaches at Jobcentre Plus will use.
b) The work coaches will match suitable candidates to the job placements.
c) The employer will then be able to interview the candidates matched to their job placements.
d) They’ll select the candidate best suited to the role.
22] When is funding allocated?
Funding will only be given if a young person is hired using the Kickstart Scheme process.
23] What happens after the placement ends?
After a job placement ends the employer can get another Kickstart Scheme young person to start another job placement.
24] What happens after the application has been submitted?
- DWP aim to email you with a decision on the application within 1 month. You may be able to apply again.
- You can apply for another grant while you wait on the response for an existing application.
- The job placements do not exist until the application has been approved and you have signed the grant agreement.
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Last Updated 10/11/20 Gov.UK