The Department for Work and Pensions has issued a set of FAQ’s around the changes to Kickstart. This set of questions is related to Gateways.
When is the deadline to apply to be a gateway?
- Applications for new gateways will close on 23:59 on 27 January.
How many gateway organisations are there?
- There are now over 600 approved Gateways.
Where are the current Gateways located?
- There are Gateways covering all parts of the UK involved in Kickstart.
- This will be kept under review to ensure they continue to see vacancies in the areas of the highest need.
If an organisation applied to be a Gateway before the deadline, can we submit further placements in a months’ time?
- Yes. Further applications are welcome and encouraged from approved gateways once they have received their grant agreement. There is a process to make it easier for approved gateways to add more jobs and employers to their existing grant agreement. More information can be found here.
Are there plans to abolish Gateways?
- No, Kickstart Gateways remain important to the success of the Scheme. They often have connections to their local communities and can help ensure that as many employers as possible are aware of the opportunity to participate in the Kickstart Scheme and can provide the support to be involved.
- Many of the current approved Gateways have great offers of support to young people as well as to the employers they represent.
Can the department deliver as many vacancies without additional Gateways?
- The department are confident that by giving employers more choice, we will encourage many more applications from a wider range of employers.
- They will work with existing Gateways to maximise vacancies through their employer groups.
- What current Gateways are able to deliver will be kept under review and have the option of opening up to further gateways in future, for example to address particular sector or geographical gaps.
What happens if the employers that I represent as a Gateway want to leave to apply directly?
- Where an employer has a role approved through a Gateway application they are encouraged them to stay in that arrangement – there is no guarantee that their independent application would be approved and they will want to consider any agreement they have signed with you as a gateway.
- You will want remind employers in your agreed proposal of the benefits of using your services. And how applying for further jobs through you is likely to be straightforward.
I have invested resources to act as a Gateway. What about my investment?
- Gateways are and remain an important part in the Kickstart Scheme.
- With so many Kickstart Gateways already approved who are supporting employers to provide high quality experiences for young people, we are closing applications for new Kickstart Gateways. However, existing gateways will remain a part of the Scheme and can still add further jobs once their grant agreement is in place.
- We want employers to have a choice in how to apply to the Scheme, but we know many will want to continue to draw support from their Gateway