FAQ’s for START – EMPLOYERS
Frequently Asked Questions from Employers
Q: What is the background of a START candidate?
A: A START candidate can have a variety of backgrounds including a person who is:
- new to the area and looking to network with new people
- seeking their first official job
- looking for their next career move; a stepping stone job to their career such as trades
- needing direction on what career might be good fit for their personality, skills and aptitudes
- interested in fine tuning their communication and team work skills to maintain a job
- returning to the workforce after being self-employed or a stay at home parent
Q: What type of education and training does a START candidate have?
A: A START candidate may have the following:
- certified in FoodSafe, First Aid and WHMIS
- entry level apprenticeship training
- specialty training such as Legal Assistant
- completed Grade 12
- currently completing Grade 12
- other industry specific tickets
Q: What type of skills does a START candidate bring to the table?
A: A START candidate brings a variety of skills:
- customer service
- communication and conflict management
- organization and time management
- computer skills: from Basic to Advanced
How does the WAGE REIMUBURSEMENT work?
- First, the employer would interview and hire the participant just as they would any other potential candidate
- Second, the employer would confirm in the interview if the participant is a good fit
- Third, the employer meets with a START job developer to go over the contract for 8 weeks wage reimbursement
- Fourth, the participant starts working and has a schedule, ideally 30 hours per week
- Fifth, every 2 weeks or monthly, the employer submits copies of the pay stubs and a claim form to a START job developer, this is processed, and a check is written and either delivered by hand or mailed to the employer
What is the time commitment?
- 15 minutes to meet with the job developer to sign contract (before start date)
- A quick weekly contact either email or phone, the employer’s preference (max 15 mins weekly, during the 8 weeks)
- 15 minutes at the end of the contract to complete an evaluation with a job coach
What if I know by day 2 that the person is not going to be a good fit?
- There is no consequence ending the contract earlier than 8 weeks if the participant does not work out
What is the role of the job coach during the 8 week time period?
- To keep in contact to ensure a smooth 8 weeks for both employer and participant
- To help mitigate any issues such as timeliness or conflicts
How do I sign up?