1How do I apply?
The sign up form takes less than five minutes to complete - we just need a few details about your business and the type of roles you intend to offer. The sign up form is here.
2How do I know if my company eligible?
Any organisation from any sector can apply, but you must be a registered limited company or charity and you must have at least 12 months accounts filed at companies house or charities house. Unfortunately, Sole Traders are not eligible.
3How long does it take?
We apply for Kickstart funding twice per month, so depending on where we are in the cycle, you’ll receive confirmation that your application has been submitted 1-2 weeks after you complete the sign up form. After this, the DWP will check if the roles are compliant, and we’ll be in touch as soon as funding has been granted and your role can begin. Employers can spread the start date of the job placement up until the end of December 2021.
4What support do I have to give?
Once the placement begins, together with our support, you’ll be responsible for helping participants develop their skills and experience. This includes CV writing, interview prep, career advice and goal setting - but don’t worry, we’ll be on hand to help.
Roles and placements
1What sort of roles are funded by Kickstart?
Kickstart roles must be new jobs and a minimum of 25 hours per week over 6 months. They must not replace existing or planned vacancies or cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment - apart from that, they can be anything. You can apply for funding for as many roles as you like at a time, as long as it’s under 30.
2What about training?
The Job Centre will put forward applicants with varying qualifications and abilities. That’s why the roles must not require extensive training in order for the participants to start work.
3Can I choose who is placed in the role?
In order to participate, Kicstart candidates must be 16-24 and in receipt of universal credit. Candidates that suit the role will be put forward by their Jobcentre Plus coach. You will then have the opportunity to interview the candidates before choosing who to employ, like any other recruitment process.
4Can I employ the participant after 6 months?
Yes and it's actively encouraged by the Kickstart scheme. But obviously, anything beyond the 6 month placement will not be funded by the Government.
5What if I change my mind or the participant leaves?
If a Kickstart participant ceases to engage in the placement at any point during the 6-months, you must notify us immediately.
6What about more Covid-19 disruption?
If where the placement is due to take place is closed due to Covid, work will be carried out from home, or the start date of the placement will be delayed until the venue reopens, whichever is more appropriate.
Funding and pricing
1What does the Kickstart scheme cost?
We won’t charge you, so it won’t cost a penny. The Government will cover all the administration costs and this will be paid to us directly, so no need to worry there. The Government are also funding 100% of the Kickstart scheme costs so all wages are covered too. That's capped at 25 hours per week of salary at the applicable Minimum Wage plus all employer pension and national insurance contributions. Plus, you'll receive a £1,500 grant per Kickstart role you offer to go towards training and support.
2How does funding and payment work?
Information is a bit sparse, but we believe that funding will be paid out monthly in arrears. So, as a Gateway, we’ll apply on your behalf each month for the wages before distributing these sums to you.
3What if I want to pay more than minimum wage?
The scheme permits employers to pay participants more than the National Minimum Wage, but you have to cover the cost yourself along with any associated increases to employer National insurance and pension contributions.
4Can I apply multiple times?
Yes, there are no limitations to how many times you can apply for Kickstart funding.