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What is the Kickstart scheme?

Kickstart is a Government scheme aimed at 16 to 24 year olds to help support young people who are on universal credit, get back into work after the economic effects of the pandemic.

If you hire someone through the scheme for a six month placement, the government will pay you minimum wage and associated national insurance costs to keep them in work. You also receive £1,500 assigned for training and development purposes to ensure they get the development they need to kick on in careers.

Who is eligible to hire through the Kickstart scheme?

The Kickstart scheme is open to registered companies who are paying their staff via PAYE.

Job placements created need to be new roles, and no existing employee, apprentices, or contractors should lose work or have their hours reduced as a result of the Kickstart scheme.

Potential employees must also be referred to the scheme through local job centres to check that they qualify.

To register your interest and to apply, click Apply for funding – The Kickstart Scheme from Sutton Croft

How does the application process work?

Your roles will be deployed through regional JobCentre Plus centres. You will then be forwarded applicants by the job centre directly and you will be able to interview them, just like any other position.

Once you accept a candidate, put them through PAYE. Then they will be registered on the system and you will be able to claim back their wages.

How and when will you be paid?

If you apply through Sutton Croft, please notify us, not DWP as soon as you have successfully recruited each Kickstarter. If you fail to do so, there will be a delay in receiving funding.

The payment of the £1500 setup grant will be processed by DWP 10 days from your Kickstarter’s start date. As an intermediary, we will receive the funds from DWP and pass on relevant payments to you. Once we receive the setup grant from DWP, we have 5 days to transfer funds to the employer. Please expect to receive the setup grant approx. 2-3 weeks from the Kickstarter’s start date.

Wage reimbursements are split into 6 equal payments. If your Kickstarter started on the 4th of April, the first wage payment would be for the period 4th April – 3rd May. Each installment is based on 25 hours per week at the national minimum wage. The national min wage is age-dependent so this will vary according to the age of the Kickstarter. Wage costs will include the associated employer’s National Insurance contributions and pension costs.

The first installment will be received approx. 6 -7 weeks from the Kickstarter’s start date. This delay allows for DWP to confirm with HMRC that the Kickstarter has been added to the employer’s payroll and the RTI submission has been completed. Subsequent wage installments will then be received monthly in arrears.

Start your application now, click Apply for funding – The Kickstart Scheme from Sutton Croft

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