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Frequently Asked Questions

Kickstart Gateway for Employers

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions by employers about the Kickstart Scheme. If you would like to find out more, please fill out the application form or email kickstart@croydon.ac.uk to discuss with a member of the Team

What is the cost to the employer?

There are no costs if you stay within the criteria – 25 hours a week for 6 months. In addition, there is funding of up to £1500 per employee to support initial recruitment costs and training and as a Kickstart Gateway, Croydon College gets paid directly from the Government.

Can I put a current employee on the scheme?

No. This is only open to new employees aged between 16 – 24 and who are on Universal Credit.

Can I use this to replace redundant roles?

No. The DWP needs to see that you have created new roles and are not using the scheme to reduce your costs.

Do I have to create all the jobs in one application?

No. You can access the scheme up until December 2021 and so the start dates for the jobs can be staggered to suit your business.

Can I access the funding without using you?

Yes, if you are looking to employ 30 or more. If you do not have the capacity to employ that many, and would like to employ 29 or less people, then you must use a Kickstart Gateway provider such as Croydon College.

Can I interview candidates?

Yes, we will work with the DWP / Job Centre Plus on your behalf to source potential candidates based on the requirements determined by the relevant Job Description provided by the employer who and will then have the opportunity to interview and appoint the right candidate.

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