Can I pay more than the National Minimum Wage?
Yes, you can top up the wages if you wish, but it will not increase the government contributions, so you will have to pay them.
Can I take them on for more than 25 hours per week?
Yes, but this must still include training and development time for the young person.
When are the government payments made?
The £1,500 incentive will be paid once the young person starts in their placement. The payments covering wages will be paid in arrears, currently expected at months 2, 4 & 6.
What happens if a placement finishes early?
A young person on the placement may choose not to complete it. You can also move your placement into permanent employment, or onto other training schemes, such as an Apprenticeship by stopping the placement early. You will not be required to re-pay the £1,500, however you will not receive any further reimbursement of wages from the date the Kickstart placement ends.
Can we do more than one placement?
Yes. You can run more than one placement at a time if you have multiple roles, and/or you can start a new placement after one has finished. You don't have to start all your placements at the same time.
How do we find candidates?
Through the Jobcentre Plus network, you will have access to a range of candidates that will be put forward for your shortlisting and interview. Candidates must be registered on Universal Credit to be eligible for Kickstart. We maintain good communication with our local Jobcentre Plus offices and they are fully conversant with the Kickstart Scheme, so they're ready to help and support you with your candidate search.