As an employer, you might be curious to know exactly what you get from the Kickstart Scheme, and whether it’s worth signing up for.
Read on to discover more about the scheme and what you stand to gain from it as an employer:
- You’ll get a young person (aged between 16 and 24) to work for your business, 25 hours a week and for a full six months, fully paid for by the government.
- £1,500 is allocated for every job placement that as an employer, you create, and the amount will be paid when the young person begins the placement.
The DWP use information gathered from HMRC to check whether the young person is still employed, and their salary is paid from the grant funding in monthly arrears, once it has been established that they are:
- enrolled on the employer’s payroll
- are being paid through Pay As You Earn (PAYE)
While as an employer, you can pay the young person a higher wage and for more hours, it will not be covered by the funding.
Is there a catch?
No, not at all. The Kickstart Scheme gives you, as an employer, the opportunity to contribute to society by helping a young person become more employable. By ensuring that after six months of working for you, the individual has gained competencies to help them excel in future roles if you decide not to continue their employment, you will have helped a young person in more ways than you might think possible.
What are the criteria for job placement?
Job placements created with the Kickstart Scheme must be entirely new jobs, and under no circumstances, should they replace existing or planned vacancies, or cause existing employees or contractors to lose work or be forced to reduce their hours.
Each job placement must adhere to the following rules:
- Employee’s must be given a minimum of 25 hours of paid work every week, for 6 months
- Employers must pay the National Minimum Wage as a minimum, or the appropriate National Living Wage for the employees age group
- Only basic training should be required
- All placements must help the young person to become more employable, and Q Supplies will work with employers to agree upon how this can best be achieved. Employability support could include any of the following:
Looking for long-term work, with career advice and goal-setting tips
Support with CV writing and help preparing for interviews
Further development of their skills in the workplace
Once the young person has completed their 6-month Kickstart Scheme job placement, there may be the opportunity for them to move to another employment scheme.
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