In July, Rishi Sunak announced a new initiative to help 18-24 year olds avoid long term unemployment. The ‘Kickstart’ scheme is now open for applications. If you’ve read the recent press release, however, you will know that if you wish to employ less than 30 Kickstarters, you have to find a representative to apply via. That’s where Cornerstone Resources come in! We will lighten the load by coordinating all of the administrative tasks so that you can get the resource you need.
What is a kickstarter?
The Kickstart scheme is a new initiative whereby the Government will pay the minimum wage for 25 hours a week over a 6 month placement. To qualify the person must be aged between 18-24 and be claiming Universal Credit.
Does this have be a new role?
- replace existing or planned vacancies
- cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment
What are the criteria for a kickstart employee?
- a minimum of 25 hours per week, for six months
- paid at least the National Minimum Wage for their age group
- should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement
- support to look for long-term work
- support with CV and interview preparation
- training to develop their skills, such as team work, organisation and communications as part of the role
Kickstart scheme - how to apply
We will guide you through the process. The first step is to complete a short form which is available here. We will then come back to you for more information once we’ve reached the next batch of 30 applications.
How much will this cost?
There is no charge for us to submit an application on your behalf. However, we will provide a menu of options to you where we can help you recruit and train your employee. These are totally optional but will include recruitment interviewing, contract production, providing an employee handbook and e-learning support.
If you need any help with pulling supporting documentation together such as training plans or job descriptions, then contact Rob on 07494 161169 or Nicci on 07908 875146 and we will give you a quote.
What happens next?
Once we have submitted the applications, the Department of Work and Pensions will meet to approve the applications. This may take up to a month. Once we have received the approval, the DWP will send between 5 and 8 potential Kickstarters to you for you to select from.
It is important to note that there is no obligation to recruit. However, if you do not recruit, you will not receive the Government support.
Kickstart scheme - how to apply. Government support.
On hiring, you will receive £1,500 towards your set up costs. There aren’t any limitations on how you spend this money as long as it is linked to set up costs.
You will need to pay the Kickstarter via your normal payroll and HMRC will reimburse you after they have verified the employee is still with you. This is done via the RTI submission. Current plans are that the reimbursement will be made quarterly in months 4 and 7. All payments will come via us so we will sign a legally binding document with you that will detail how we will reimburse you.
When do I need to apply by?
The scheme is open for starters between November 2020 and December 2021. If you have a role but aren’t ready to recruit, then we can put you on a waiting list. We submitted our first batch of applications week commencing 12th October 2020. The second batch will be submitted on week commencing 19th October 2020. We anticipate that there is significant demand so don’t worry if you’ve missed the first 2 submissions. Just complete the below form and we will be in touch to acknowledge your application. Once we get to the next 30 applications, we will ask for all the information we need to make an application.
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Kickstart scheme - how to apply
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